The TAPS Daily - October 2, 2020
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- Trump and first lady have COVID-19 with 'mild symptoms'; Bidens test negative
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The virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government just a month before the presidential election.
- At Least 4 Top Generals May Have Been Exposed Before Trump Tested Positive for COVID-19
The defense secretary and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff attended an event at the White House days before President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
- California Wildfires Near Tragic Milestone: 4 Million Acres Burned
Wildfires in California continue to burn, ravaging entire communities and the blazes will soon hit a tragic milestone: 4 million acres burned.
- Nurses save mom and newborn after she gives birth while intubated for COVID-19
To save both lives, nurses helped a COVID positive mother give birth 10 weeks early and while intubated. 83 days later the new mom and Baby Julian are healthy and home.
- The CDC has issued guidelines on how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year
Turkey day isn't cancelled, but expect it to be different.
- A Better Fall - Your Fall and COVID-19 Survival Guide
COVID-19 and flu advice, Halloween tips and tricks, recipes and good ideas to get you through a fall season like no other.
- Journalists who work at the White House are testing positive for COVID-19
A widening coronavirus outbreak at the White House has left members of the media scrambling to find out if they, too, are infected.
- GOP Senator Mike Lee tests positive for coronavirus
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has tested positive for the coronavirus. Lee was among others in attendance at a White House event who have since contracted the virus.
TAPS In the News
- Kaine, Wicker introduce legislation recognizing National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day
U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), introduced legislation to designate September 30 as National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day. The resolution is supported by the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors.
- Where to Give Locally To Help with Pandemic Hunger and Beyond
Here are many organizations that have worked locally to fill the gaps in the pandemic.
- We're All in This Together - COVID-19 Resources for American Public
Resources and support to help anyone facing the impacts of COVID-19.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- House Passes Updated Heroes Act
The House passed the updated Heroes Act. The legislation would provide resources to crush the coronavirus, support families and businesses, and keep our frontline heroes paid and working.
- Rep. Crow Introduces Bill to Improve Reporting of Veterans Suicide at VA and Enhance Congressional Oversight
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and former Army Ranger, and Reps. Kelly (R-MS), Omar (D-MN), DesJarlais (R-TN), and Crist (D-FL) introduced the Veterans’ Sentinel Act to respond to suicide by U.S. veterans at VA facilities by improving the accuracy of data collection and enhancing congressional oversight.
- Veterans Affairs investigated after racism allegations
The Department of Veterans Affairs will be investigated by a watchdog agency following allegations from VA staff that racism and discrimination are widespread at the department.
- Larger Housing Payments Extended for Some GI Bill Online Learners
GI Bill users whose classes moved to online-only sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic can expect to keep getting the full Monthly Housing Allowance through at least December of 2021.
- ‘Lipstick on a Pig:’ Plan to Pull U.S. Troops from Germany Under Fire on Capitol Hill
The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee expressed strong distaste for a DoD plan to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany in keeping with the president’s order.
- Lawmakers furious over 101 vets dying at New Jersey home
Task & Purpose
Two top state lawmakers are renewing calls for the ouster of a state-operated veterans home’s CEO in the wake of disclosures that the COVID-19 death toll there has risen to 101 people.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Who's got YOUR six?
It’s important to recognize the support you need for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being comes in different forms. Thinking broadly about who’s “got your six” can help.
- The Mental Health Challenges For Workers During COVID
Based on these findings it may be particularly important for employers to be mindful and try to minimize feelings of uncertainty for the employees, as well as instilling hope.
- Why Sharing Publicly About Grief — Like Chrissy Teigen — Is So Important
There's no right way to grieve. Some people prefer to do so privately and that’s ok. But being open about grief can be incredibly helpful and healing to the person grieving, and to others.
- 13-year-old holds exercise class to benefit kids' mental health
As 13-year-old Sadie Feingold prepared for her bat mitzvah project this year, she had one goal in mind: to stop the stigma around mental health.
- Virtual fitness classes allow this community battling addiction to gain strength during lockdown
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone -- but for the nearly 21 million Americans battling addiction, it can be especially harmful.
- Alabama, Arizona National Guard MP units tapped for rapid response to civil unrest
The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country.
- Military leaders: We’re not freaking out over Trump coronavirus news
Military officials downplayed worries after President Donald Trump announced overnight he tested positive for coronavirus and will be forced into medical quarantine.
- U.S. Signs 10-Year Military Cooperation Deal with Morocco
The United States and Morocco signed an accord that aims to strengthen military cooperation and the North African kingdom's military readiness over the next decade.
- Midshipman sues Naval Academy over discipline for tweets
A midshipman is suing the U.S. Naval Academy after he was disciplined for tweeting that Breonna Taylor received “justice” when she was fatally shot by police.
- Army Alaska soldier, father dies in vehicle accident near post
A Fort Wainwright soldier died in a vehicle accident Tuesday, according to Army Alaska officials.
- JFK’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery reopens Saturday
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The public can visit former President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Veterans unemployment flat for September as national rate declines
Veterans unemployment remained largely unchanged in September even as the national jobless rate dropped from the previous month, according to data released on Friday.
- James Meredith broke the color barrier at Ole Miss. Here's how the Army, AF shaped that battle
Air Force Times
Meredith’s path toward breaking that color barrier started more than a decade earlier — when he first put on Air Force blues.
- The legendary military test pilots who became America’s first astronauts are getting a TV series
Task & Purpose
Premiering October 9 on Disney+, the legendary military test pilots who became America's first astronauts will be getting their own series.
- 95-Year-Old Army Vet Finally Receives Bronze Star for WWII Heroism
A 95-year-old World War II veteran was awarded one of the Army's highest honors this week.
Military Family News
- 38 Fall Activities for Kids That Are Pandemic-Proof
We Are The Mighty
There are some fall activities that are inherently socially distanced and therefore low risk.
- Military Relationships Counseling & Resources
Good relationships don’t just happen, but they’re worth working for. You can get help talking through common challenges military couples face.
- Military families overseas hope to relate to new HBO drama
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The opening scenes of the new HBO coming-of-age series about military teenagers living on a U.S. base in Italy depict a very relatable government-sponsored move overseas.
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