The TAPS Daily - October 20, 2020
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- New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies
A new three-digit number to reach a nationwide suicide prevention hotline will make it easier for those in crisis to seek help. TAPS supported this legislation and is grateful to see it become law.
- Trump signs major veteran suicide prevention bill into law
President Donald Trump signed into law a major piece of legislation aimed at preventing veteran suicide. TAPS provided key support on this legislation and is grateful to see it finally become law.
- Fauci tells veteran caregivers U.S. could face 'very difficult fall and winter' during pandemic
Dr. Anthony Fauci told military and veteran caregivers the U.S. may have a difficult fall and winter because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic in U.S.
U.S. drug overdose deaths could reach an all-time high this year.
- New study shows how students around the world are returning back to school amid COVID-19
Lessons from abroad may offer clues on how schools in the U.S. can reopen.
- Funeral Homes Offer Limo Rides to the Polls Nationwide
Some voters could ride in style to the polls on Election Day courtesy of funeral home limousines offered to chauffer older residents to voting booths amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Five fun pandemic-friendly Halloween ideas
We Are The Mighty
Here are some fun ideas that will make you forget that you can't trick-or-treat this year.
TAPS In the News
- Join The Team TAPS Celebration
For 20 years, Team TAPS has honored our heroes and raised awareness of the TAPS mission. Join us through December 31 as we celebrate this milestone with a virtual movement.
- A Breath of Fresh Air - Getting & Staying Grounded
TAPS Outdoors wants to help you reconnect with the natural world in simple yet meaningful ways with weekly activities you can do anywhere.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Delay in release of annual veterans suicide report raises concerns
Lawmakers are raising concerns about VA officials' delayed release of the annual suicide report, saying the information may not be made public until sometime after the November elections.
- Big Navy looking to get sailors extra cash for pre-deployment quarantine
Big Navy is trying to add a bit of extra cash to sailors' pockets to mitigate the pain and inconvenience of longer deployments that have come to mark the COVID-19 era.
- SCOTUS to rule on use of Pentagon funds for border wall, but money already spent
The $2.5 billion on the table in an upcoming Supreme Court hearing on use of Pentagon funds to build the border wall has already been paid out.
- VA teams up with National Archives to help Blue Water veterans file for benefits
Tens of thousands of Vietnam War-era veterans filed for benefits at the beginning of the year for a number of illnesses presumed to be tied to exposure to defoliants during the war.
- Justice Department and 11 states accuse Google of antitrust violations
The lawsuit accuses Google of using its enormous size to illegally monopolize the market for search-generated advertising.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Grief Leadership Is Exactly What Americans Are Missing Right Now
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a constant this year. What's been less constant is a national leader who recognizes our collective suffering.
- Can empathy and emotions make soldiers better learners? The Army's trying to find out
The Army wants to know if emotion and empathy can help make soldiers better learners.
- 5 Common Myths About PTSD
PTSD stigma is fueled by a misunderstanding of emotional trauma.
- Look Inward To Make External Change: Advice From A Meditation Teacher
When the outside world feels upside-down it might seem counterintuitive to look inside yourself for change. But that's exactly what a world-renowned meditation teacher says is the answer.
- How to Use Humor to Manage Stress
Here are four strategies to harness the power of humor to manage stress.
- Lessons To Learn From U.S. Military On How To Handle Pandemic
Strict protocols have paid off for the U.S. military during the pandemic.
- National Guard revs up for election and more
Stars & Stripes
The National Guard, already in one of its busiest years, is prepping for election-related missions.
- NJ governor installs new adjutant general after outbreak leads to 146 deaths at veterans homes
Gov. Phil Murphy dismissed New Jersey’s top military commander Friday after a coronavirus outbreak hit the state’s three veterans homes resulting in 146 deaths.
- Here's what it takes to guard the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier'
We Are The Mighty
Being a sentinel guard isn't just about walking back and forth keeping a close eye out, it takes professionalism, honor, and most importantly commitment as one must volunteer for the role.
- Marine Corps commanding general relieved of duty over reported use of racial slur
The Marine Corps removed its commanding general in Europe and Africa while he is under investigation for reportedly using racial slurs.
- Austin Tice release discussed in secret Syria trip
Release of Marine veteran Austin Tice was discussed in a secret White House trip to Syria.
Military Family News
- 6 of the top issues facing military families this election
We Are The Mighty
While military families are concerned with the macro issues facing the country, they're also incredibly concerned about the micro issues unique to military life.
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