The TAPS Daily - October 7, 2020
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- FBI's Chris Wray and NSA chief release video on election security
The top intelligence and law enforcement officials released a video defending integrity of the election and countering claims President Donald Trump has amplified about purported fraud.>
- Bleak outlook without stimulus: More layoffs, anemic growth
President Donald Trump’s move to cut off talks on government aid package will further weaken the economy and deepen hardships for jobless Americans and struggling businesses.
- Whistleblower Bright Says Sidelined From Coronavirus Response: Coronavirus Live Updates
A top federal scientist who clashed with the Trump administration in early days of the coronavirus outbreak has resigned over continued efforts to thwart work on pandemic response.
- ISIS fighters charges related to the hostage-taking and deaths of four Americans
Two high-profile ISIS fighters have been indicted on terrorism charges related to the hostage-taking and deaths of four Americans, the U.S. government announced Wednesday.
- COVID superspreader events emerge as focus of concern
The White House cluster is the kind of incident that infectious disease experts are focusing on as a crucial way to understand how the coronavirus spreads.
- Military researchers say flying during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t as terrifying as you think
Task & Purpose
The head of U.S. Transportation Command offered a sneak preview Wednesday of the results of a Defense Department test of particulate spread on commercial aircraft — and they are surprising.
- Mars Visible October 2020: How You Can See Mars Tonight
It's an alluring sight any time you get to see it, but October 2020 is an outstanding time to look at the red planet from your own backyard.
- Hurricane Delta Now Leaving Yucatán Coast, Could Hit Gulf Coast As Major Storm
Hurricane Delta is expected to regain power before approaching the U.S. coast on Friday.
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
- Trump Orders Agencies to Tackle Coronavirus-Related Mental Health Challenges
President Trump issued an executive order on Monday to establish a multi-agency working group to address mental health issues resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- All Americans Abroad Can Use Military Post Offices to Mail Ballots
Americans overseas registered as absentee voters can mail ballots from a military post office, regardless of whether they have base access. TAPS is ensuring military personnel and families living overseas have their votes counted through the non-partisan Military Vote Coalition.
- Tell Us About Your Military Voting Experience
When more people than ever are voting remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have stoked fears about voter fraud and mail breakdowns, we want to hear from our military readers.
- Civil rights leaders call out SecVA, president over reports of racism at Veterans Affairs
Days after a government watchdog announced it would investigate the VA over allegations of widespread racism, emails went out canceling anti-racism events at VA.
- Senators want answers on delayed rights for military housing tenants
Lawmakers are pushing Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for answers on the status of key protections for tenants of military housing which haven’t been put into place yet.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- How COVID-19 Is Impacting Men's Mental Health Differently
As COVID-19 continues to reorient our daily lives, new research is giving us a deeper look at how the pandemic is impacting men in the United States.
- VA launches program to send caring letters to 90,000 Veterans
The Veterans Crisis Line formally launched an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention program that involves sending periodic messages of care and concern to veterans.
- Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast, Episode 37
This podcast examines military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention.
- A spouse's take on the 2019 military suicide report
Spouses need a seat at the table when this problem is discussed, from the DoD level, all the way down to the squadron or platoon level.
- Study Reveals Male and Female Vets Have Different Suicide Triggers
A new study conducted by researchers with the VA suggests that, when it comes to male and female veterans, mental health support is far from a one-size-fits-all affair.
- Guard members recognized for assisting lab with COVID-19 testing
Two Alaska Guard Soldiers were recognized by the Rasmuson Foundation as "unsung heroes" for their work during the pandemic.
- Alaska's Air Guard search and rescue teams save lives in the wilderness and in combat
Air Force Times
In the almost 30 years since it assumed search and rescue alert in the state, Alaska’s Air National Guard 176th Wing is credited with saving more than 1750 lives.
- A former war refugee lives the American dream as a Reserve airman
Task & Purpose
Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, this service member faced heightened ethnic tensions with his family in the early 1990s when the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns a bunch of dinosaurs — the more you know!
The U.S. Army won’t be opening its own park filled with living dinosaurs any time soon, but it is in possession of a number of long-lost friends who first graced our planet in the Triassic period.
- 1,000-year-old human remains found on new Marine Corps base under construction on Guam
Marine Corps Times
The Historic Preservation Office in Guam has confirmed four burial sites disturbed during construction on a U.S. Marine Corps base are 1,000 years old.
- Coronavirus deaths among VA patients top 3,500 this week as number of cases slowly increases
The number of active coronavirus cases among VA patients continued to slowly rise in recent days as the total number of deaths from the virus among department patients rose above 3,500.
- AARP offers free caregiving resources for veterans, families
AARP is providing free resources to all veterans, military personnel and their families regardless if they are AARP members.
- Watch the Mercury 7 Astronauts Learn the Shocking Truth About Their NASA Training
"The Right Stuff" is a new National Geographic drama series that will stream on Disney+.
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