The TAPS Daily - September 11, 2020
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- In photos: U.S. commemorates 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
Americans remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks that shook the world 19 years ago.
- FDNY says Treasury withheld $3.7M from 9/11 first responder fund
Report claims Treasury Department under the current administration is withholding parts of payments meant to cover FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses.
- Federal judge rules 9/11 families can depose Saudi Arabian officials in lawsuit
A U.S. federal judge directed Saudi Arabian government to make current and former officials available for depositions about what they knew leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- How Many 9/11 Survivors Have Died of COVID-19? At Least 42 — and Likely Many More
In the past six months, at least 1,300 people who worked or lived at or near Ground Zero and other 9/11 sites have contracted COVID-19.
- The Rise
Surviving brother and TAPS partner, Joe Quinn, shares the collapse of his world when his brother, Jimmy, died on 9/11. And the need now, just as then, to help each other rise up again.
- The 9/11 babies are all grown up — and ready to vote
For the first time those born around 9/11 will vote in a presidential election this November.
- The Legacy of 9/11 Dogs 19 Years Later
They came to search the ruins but also eased unimaginable grief. Their legacy became a new era for therapy dogs specially trained to help comfort broken hearts.
- 16 Websites and Books to Teach Kids About 9/11
(We Are Teachers)
Ways to teach a new generation about this heartbreaking day.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month News
- 9/11 Day 11 Good Deeds - Support suicide prevention
Let's never forget what we're capable of doing together. Pay tribute to those lost on 9/11 through good deeds such as supporting suicide prevention initiatives to help save lives.
- The ongoing tragedy of veteran suicide: Why legislation is needed now
Legislation recognizes a deep truth to effective prevention efforts: the VA can’t do this job alone and American communities want to help their veterans.
- Know risk factors for suicide
One life lost to suicide is too many. What are some of the signs a person could be at risk?
- Stand for Life connects suicide prevention skills in a virtual world
This Army Reserve command was not going to let coronavirus stop the life saving training they know is needed now more than ever.
- How the VA is using artificial intelligence to improve veterans' mental health
The Veterans Signals program is a VA suicide prevention and mental health crisis alert system.
- Father remembers 17-year-old daughter on World Suicide Prevention Day
(13 News Now)
Navy veteran who lost daughter to suicide now devotes himself to helping other families.
TAPS In the News
- Voices Of 9/11 - Reflections Of Three TAPS Survivors
Three TAPS survivors who lost loved ones at the Pentagon on 9/11 reflect 19 years later.
- 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: Illness tied to Afghan war a legacy of 9/11
Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, U.S. troops were stationed in Uzbekistan to launch strikes in Afghanistan. 19 years later, 75% have died or are ill due to their time there. The Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM) Coalition, which TAPS is a founding member, is working to push forward legislation to establish presumptive conditions for K2 veterans.
- New Approach Needed to Link Veterans' Illness to Burn Pits
Limited studies so far mean there's 'insufficient evidence' to definitively link toxic exposures to veteran illnesses after service in Afghanistan, Persian Gulf.
- Plan Your Vote: How to vote by mail and register to vote in each state
A new guide helps you know deadlines, eligibility, and rules for voting in your state.
- Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper
DoD pulls back on shutting down the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
- Removal of POW/MIA flag from White House sparks anger
(Task & Purpose)
U.S. law requires the flag be displayed in a "manner designed to ensure visibility to the public."
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- 9/11 and COVID-19: 2 mass trauma events with different recovery challenges
TAPS colleague, Dr. Shauna Springer, discusses the parallels between the most significant mass trauma events in our recent history — coronavirus and the September 11, 2001, attacks.
- 9/11 Anniversary: Two decades later, how the pain of the attacks stays with a generation
(Pennsylvania Capital Star)
The events of 9/11 ushered in a new era of media coverage of collective trauma, where terrorism and other forms of large-scale violence are transmitted into our daily lives.
- The Grief Americans No Longer Share
On the anniversary of 9/11, a splintered nation lacks the collective resolve it once showed.
- In Her Shoes: Reflecting on Losing a Brother on 9/11
A surviving sister shares her 9/11 experience and how it shaped the person she is today.
- PTSD Rates Among Those Who Experienced 9/11
Many were both directly and indirectly exposed to the massive traumatic event of 9/11, which put them all at risk for the development of PTSD.
- PTSD Family Coach | VA Mobile
Download the PTSD Family Coach for info, selfcare tips, and tools to track and manage stress.
- Army leaders share stories of the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon
The tragic events of 9/11 are still fresh to some of the Army’s top leaders who survived it.
- Pentagon's top general calls out Nazis, communists, jihadis in 9/11 remarks
The Joint Chiefs chairman took the opportunity at the Pentagon’s Sept. 11, 2001 remembrance ceremony to share a reminder of what everyone has been fighting for.
- The Army's Newest Medal of Honor Recipient Joined Because of September 11
(Task & Purpose)
He enlisted to avenge the 9/11 attacks. On this anniversary, he received the Medal of Honor.
- How the Pentagon's Design Saved Lives on September 11
Construction of the Pentagon began on September 11, 1941. Design decisions made then are a big reason lives were saved 60 years later to the very day.
- This general was the highest ranking service member killed on 9/11
(We Are The Mighty)
Known for his commitment to those he led and their families, LTG Timothy J. Maude’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery reads, "He Took Care of Soldiers."
- Military Coronavirus Cases Grow as DoD Preps for Vaccine Trials
Through August, more than 38,400 military cases of the coronavirus had been reported.
- That day: Veterans share where they were on September 11, 2001
Seven stories of veterans who lived through the day.
- Soldier rescued people trapped in the Pentagon on 9/11
(Task & Purpose)
He was standing 100 yards away when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
- Marine Vietnam Veteran turned firefighter gave his life to save others on 9/11
(We Are The Mighty)
This veteran refused to leave behind those he was sent in to rescue on 9/11.
- Opinion: I'm a Muslim U.S. Marine and I served on 9/11
Muslims have served and died for this nation since the days of George Washington.
Military Family News
- This incredible book explores 9/11 through the eyes of an Army ‘Brat’
(We Are The Mighty)
‘The Places We Sleep’ tells the story of a military child during the events of September 11th.
- Gold Star families fault Trump on alleged 'loser' remarks
Surviving family members of soldiers killed in Iraq say families should never have to read the president of the United States has ridiculed their loved ones’ decision to stand up and serve.
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