The TAPS Daily - October 9, 2020
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- 20 years after the attack on the USS Cole memories of heroism and loss remain
Stars & Stripes
On October 12, 2000, 17 sailors were killed when suicide bombers detonated an explosive-laden boat directly against the port side of the USS Cole.
- McConnell: Coronavirus relief deal unlikely before election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled he does not expect Congress and the White House to reach a deal on a coronavirus relief package before the election.
- Military blindsided by Trump's new Afghan troop withdrawal
The U.S. military was blindsided Thursday by President Donald Trump's assertion that all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.
- World Mental Health Day: global leaders speak up
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, here are five perspectives on mental health from high-profile advocates who want the world to talk more openly about it.
- Fauci: 'We had a superspreader event in the White House'
The nation’s top infectious disease expert said there was a "superspreader event" at the White House, a stark assessment of the string of coronavirus cases among the president and top aides.
- Hurricane Delta's Winds Now At 105 MPH As Storm Approaches Louisiana Coast
Hurricane Delta will bring a "life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds, and significant flooding" to the U.S. Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service says.
- Broadway Shows to Remain Shut Down Through May 30, 2021
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Broadway League has announced a further delay to the reopening of shows on the New York stage.
TAPS In the News
- A Legacy Of Service - A Mission Of Honor
A surviving mom shares the loss of her son in the USS Cole attack 20 years ago on October 12, 2000.
- 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
- Veterans Affairs Deferred Copays Due in January 2021
VA suspended copays for some vets during the pandemic. Those bills are now due in January.
- How VBA turned customer feedback into new legislation in two weeks
Federal News Network
The VA has been collecting feedback from its customers for years, but those phone surveys and comments from veterans took on new meaning in the early days of the pandemic.
- Lawmaker, family of missing Fort Bliss soldier ask FBI for help
Stars & Stripes
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar joined the family of a missing Fort Bliss soldier Thursday in asking that the FBI join the investigation amid growing suspicions of foul play.
- Booker, Blackburn Introduce Legislation to Improve Health Outcomes for Pregnant Veterans
The DOULA Act would establish a pilot program to improve maternal health outcomes through doula support services.
- Cheyenne National Cemetery dedicated in Wyoming
Wyoming now has its first national veterans cemetery.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- COVID-19 put troops in a 'state of isolation,' suicide risk
DoD leaders ’underestimated’ impact of COVID-19 isolation on troops.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week: Here's what you need to know
Mental Illness Awareness Week is a way for advocates to educate the public on mental health conditions and reduce the social stigma around receiving mental health care.
- What mental health professionals have learned six months into pandemic care
To get through the chaos of 2020 and beyond, clinicians suggest sticking to the basics of self-care—and reaching out for professional help when it’s not enough.
- World Mental Health Day: Here's why you need a staycation ASAP and the science behind it
The importance of staycation and why you need one ASAP, especially during the pandemic.
- Logic talks panic attacks, anxiety, mental health
Rapper Logic and Carson Daly open up about mental health just in time for World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2020.
- DoD Suicide Report and Racism at the VA
Connecting Vets reporter Abbie Bennett discusses a new report about the ongoing issues of racism at the VA.
- More Troops Can Get COVID-19 Tests Off Base Under New Policy
In a major reversal to a pandemic-related Pentagon health policy, active-duty service members will soon be able to receive a COVID-19 test off base -- even if they don't have symptoms.
- Army surpasses 18,000 coronavirus cases as other services saw increases in the last week
Stars & Stripes
Overall, the military has had 48,513 cases and 630 hospitalizations as of Friday.
- Outdated explosive equations cause more TBIs in SOF soldiers
Special Ops has a broken culture with explosive breaching that can lead to TBIs.
- Soldiers who appeared at Democratic convention won't be disciplined, but supervisor will
Two Army Reserve soldiers who appeared in uniform during the Democratic National Convention in August will not be disciplined for politicking in uniform, but their supervisor will.
- Green Beret's free-fall death spotlights concerns, sparks working group
A team sergeant with 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg had transitioned to a new style of parachute deployment on January 9, several days before the mishap that took his life.
- Naval Academy extends winter holiday, drops spring break
The U.S. Naval Academy is dropping spring break, but extending the winter holiday as part of its plan to keep staff and midshipmen safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Veterans Affairs active COVID-19 cases surging again in October.
Active COVID-19 cases are up nearly 50% at Veterans Affairs since September as illness spikes again.
- Korean War Vet Whitey Ford, Pitcher Who Epitomized Mighty Yankees, Dies at 91
Whitey Ford, the street-smart New Yorker and Army veteran who had the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century has died. He was 91.
- Soldier killed in WWII buried 75 years later in Tennessee hometown
A Tennessee soldier killed during World War II is being buried in his hometown.
Military Family News
- A part of me died when he died: Families recall loved ones killed on USS Cole
Stars & Stripes
“We buried him three times,” Sarah Gauna Esquivel says of her son, Tim. The first time was two weeks after the terrorist attack on USS Cole, which killed her son and 16 shipmates 20 years ago.
- Junior military families 'inundating' nonprofit with requests for care cost help during pandemic
Military families have “inundated” a nonprofit organization with requests for temporary financial assistance for child care costs during COVID. TAPS applauds the National Military Family Association, a longtime valued partner, for this important effort!
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