The TAPS Daily - October 22, 2020
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- Virus shutdowns took a grim toll on amputee veterans who died by suicide, families say
Stars & Stripes
Family and friends of three amputee veterans say they believe isolation, triggered by the pandemic, played a role in their suicide deaths.
- She spent a night in the ER with COVID-19. She's still running the Marine Corps Marathon
This COVID-19 survivor is still set to run her third Marine Corps Marathon having used her run with the Marines to help raise money for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
- Survey shows widening cracks in military mental health and benefits issues during COVID
Federal News Network
A new survey paints a bleak picture of military life during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting impacts of the coronavirus on needs and benefits coverage for service members.
- Senate Intel leadership urges American vigilance amid foreign election interference
Top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee urged Americans to be vigilant after the FBI confirmed efforts by Iran and Russia to spread disinformation ahead of the November 3 elections.
- CDC Reduces Consecutive Minutes Of COVID-19 Exposure Needed To Be A 'Close Contact'
The CDC now defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- Hospital Bills For Uninsured COVID-19 Patients Are Covered, But No One Tells Them
The CARES Act provides funds to pay medical bills for uninsured COVID-19 patients.
- Amid COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. has seen 300,000 'excess deaths'
Excess deaths include those who died of COVID-19 without being tested and those who died of other causes but did not or could not seek medical care due to pandemic fears and restrictions.
- Heroes of the Crisis: A Nine-Year-Old Who's Helping Veterans
Three generations of family members who've served in the armed forces inspired this nine- year-old to help veterans during the pandemic.
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Government Relations / Benefits
- Donation Nearly Triples Size of Arkansas Veterans Cemetery
US News & World Report
Officials say an Arkansas veterans cemetery nearly tripled its size with land donated from a military post.
- Bill would give visa exemptions to military family au pairs
New bill aims to help meet military families' childcare needs with visa exemptions for au pairs.
- Everything You Need to Know About the Tricare Dental Program
Just like most private employers, dental insurance or dental coverage is separate from normal medical coverage and requires special enrollment.
- VA cooking up new guide of CX strategies, training institute for its own employees
Federal News Network
The VA is set to share some of its customer experience tips for success with other agencies. TAPS took part in the recent State of Veteran Customer Experience Facebook Live event with Dr. Lynda C. Davis, Chief Veterans Experience Officer for the VA.
- COVID-19 has shelters scrambling to protect homeless people against the coming winter weather
Stars & Stripes
More people are expected to seek shelter this winter while federal money that's helped pay to move hundreds of people from into hotel rooms is set to run out in December.
- Military families are seeing some progress in their fight for tenant rights
Some military housing tenants are seeing incremental progress in getting more of the remaining four provisions in the tenant bill of rights.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- TAPS family talks about loss of son to suicide to help prevent others from living with the tragedy
A California family supported by TAPS hopes the tragic suicide death of their Navy son can help save others.
- This 5-year-old wrote a book to help kids battle the stress of the coronavirus pandemic
A 5-year-old from Georgia wrote a book to inspire kids to stay positive during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Navigating Relationship Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic
For some relationships, the added stress brought on by the pandemic, which could include financial implications, may also bring out unhealthy or even abusive behaviors.
- Educators speak out about mental health toll of teaching through pandemic
Teachers are speaking out about the struggles of their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Nearly 8 in 10 report pandemic is causing mental health strain
COVID-19, health care, the economy, systemic racism and the presidential election are a threat to the nation's mental health, according to an American Psychological Association poll.
- Sleep Problems and PTSD
Almost everyone with PTSD reports sleep problems. The good news is there are evidence-based treatments that can help.
- Camp Pendleton Marines Return from a Month of Fighting California's Largest Fires
These Marines and sailors didn't join up to fight wildland fires, but that's exactly what this unit from Camp Pendleton has been doing for the past 30 days.
- The U.S. lost $19 billion in Afghanistan to waste, fraud, and abuse over a decade
Task & Purpose
The U.S. lost approximately $19 billion to waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2018, according to the top government watchdog for the reconstruction effort there.
- USFK: 7 service members from U.S. test positive for COVID-19
More service members affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea have tested positive for COVID-19.
- More than 200 Fort Bragg Soldiers Moved After Mold Found in Barracks
About 200 soldiers with the 1st Special Forces Command on Fort Bragg have been moved after reports of mold in the barracks, officials said.
- Here are the 181 veterans running for Congress this year
A list of all the veteran candidates, with service and biographical information.
- 2020 Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies
Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2020. Visit daily as the list is updated frequently!
- Army recruiters help WWII Veteran fulfill lifelong dream
When the battalion got the call,it knew it needed to honor this World War II veteran who is terminally ill.
- Medal of Honor Recipient Bennie Adkins to Be Buried at Arlington
The late Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on December 16.
Military Family News
- Second Lady’s Efforts to Raise Awareness On Licensing Reform for Military Spouses
As part of the Second Lady’s military spouse awareness campaign, Karen Pence champions occupational licensing reform as a key action to address military spouse employment challenges.
- Military family embraces camper living
We Are The Mighty
This military family downsized from a 2,667 square foot home to a 39-foot camper.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.