The TAPS Daily - October 6, 2020
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- Military leaders in quarantine after COVID exposure
The Pentagon’s senior military leaders are all in quarantine following exposure to a Coast Guard vice commandant who has tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
- Trump downplays virus after returning to White House
Still sickened by COVID-19, President Donald Trump plunged back into playing down the disease that hospitalized him for three days and has so far killed more than 210,000 Americans.
- Stocks plunge after Trump orders end to coronavirus stimulus talks
President Trump said in a series of tweets that White House aides will no longer discuss a fiscal support deal with Democrats, dashing hopes of a breakthrough before Election Day.
- After summer of protests, National Guard puts troops on standby in run-up to elections
Task & Purpose
The National Guard has put hundreds of military police on standby to help law enforcement deal with any potential violence in the coming months, three U.S. military officials have told Reuters.
- Years after they fought in Afghanistan, U.S. troops watch as their children deploy to the same war
Stars & Stripes
As the U.S. war in Afghanistan begins its 20th year, some of those same service members have watched as their sons and daughters have deployed to continue the fight.
- 20,000 empty chairs set up outside White House on COVID-19 Remembrance Day
For the first National COVID-19 Remembrance Day, a powerful installation was set up outside the White House to represent the toll the pandemic has taken on the nation.
- Most hospitalized COVID patients have neurological symptoms, study says
Neurological symptoms are extremely common among COVID-19 patients sick enough to be hospitalized, a study published Monday finds.
- Cousins who survived the Holocaust reunite 75 years later
Good Morning America
Cousins Morris Sana and Simon Mairowitz lost each other while fleeing from the Nazis in World War II and 75 years later, the Holocaust survivors have finally been reunited.
- Guitar rock god Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer at 65
Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock’s biggest groups, has died. He was 65.
TAPS In the News
- 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
- Families of veterans who die from COVID would have benefits protected under House bill
Stars & Stripes
A House bill would require the VA to account for service-related disabilities that might have exacerbated the coronavirus and contributed to the death of a veteran. TAPS is a key supporter of the Senate Bill introduced in July by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, (D-AZ), and Thom Tillis, (R-NC) and fully supports the House companion bill.
- Legislation would waive passport fees for Purple Heart recipients
U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, (D-OH), and Guy Reschenthaler, (R-PA), introduced legislation that would waive all passport fees for any recipient of the Purple Heart.
- Legislation Introduced to Address VA Transparency Issues
New bipartisan legislation is aimed at addressing transparency issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers (VAMC).
- House Passes Legislation to Support Veteran Housing and Employment
The House of Representatives passed the Dependable Employment and Living Improvements for Veterans’ Economic Recovery (DELIVER) Act, which includes six bipartisan bills aimed to strengthen and expand services for homeless and unemployed veterans.
- Legislation passes House to create new 'Task Force' to promote use public lands for medical treatment & therapy to vets via outdoor recreation
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), author of a bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act (H.R. 2435) with co-sponsor Rep. Adam Smith of (D-WA), hailed passage of the bill which will provide increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.`
- COVID outbreak threatens GOP's Supreme Court plans
An outbreak of the coronavirus on Capitol Hill is injecting a new level of volatility into the GOP plan to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee before November 3.
- Maryland law based on military mom's pleas goes into effect
If Maryland service members are deployed outside the U.S. or stationed in a state that doesn't have an emissions program, they can obtain an exemption.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- As suicide cases rise, Army leaders encourage soldiers to recognize warning signs
The Army has not lost a single active-duty Soldier to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the restrictions following the virus’ onset may have affected the mental health of some Soldiers.
- COVID Coach
The coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges. If you are struggling, the COVID Coach app provides #selfcare and mental health resources to help you cope.
- The nation's understanding of military veteran suicide is incomplete
Suicide among military veterans is one of the few issues acknowledged across the political spectrum as a major crisis that must be addressed now.
- It's Time to Rethink Corporate Bereavement Policies
Harvard Business Review
This is the right time to consider bereavement leave. How can organizations better help grieving employees? Here are five things to keep in mind.
- Children and mental health: How parents shape their kids' well-being
Parents who are battling anxiety and depression can support their children's well-being by taking the time to talk about it. That way, kids don't think your struggles are their fault.
- U.S. completes drawdown to fewer than 3,000 troops in Iraq
Task & Purpose
The U.S. military completed its drawdown from about 5,200 to fewer than 3,000 troops in Iraq.
- Marines may waive combat fitness tests for service members at risk for coronavirus
Stars & Stripes
Marine Corps commanders may issue waivers for Marines for semi-annual combat fitness tests if the testing sites cannot accommodate safety measures to protect against the coronavirus.
- Mother forced to choose between baby's health and career faces removal from the Marine Corps
Marine Corps Times
Having a child is often a time of great joy and celebration for new parents. But for one Marine mother it eventually caused complications ― and threatened her career.
- The Life and Death of the Veteran Advocate
Over the last 200 years, vets built unrivaled political power in Washington. What happens when it all slips away?
- Jake Wood: Create the America we deserve
Service is crucial to transcend our differences and form a more perfect union.
- World War II veteran publishes book of hundreds of long-lost love letters
While serving in the Army during World War II, Bernard Brown wrote 246 letters to the woman who would become his future wife.
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