The TAPS Daily - September 21, 2020
Welcome to The TAPS Daily - your source for some of the latest news, resources, and thought pieces from across the military and veteran community during the COVID-19 response.
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the 14th Supreme Court Justice buried at Arlington National Cemetery where interment eligibility includes members of the nation’s highest court. She is expected to be buried alongside her husband, a lawyer and Army veteran.
- As doctors worry about 'a very apocalyptic fall,' the CDC retracts info on how COVID spreads
As most U.S. states head in the wrong direction with coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has retracted key information about how the virus spreads.
- New threat of government shutdown looms as talks fail to produce deal
With days remaining until funding runs out, Congress moved closer to triggering another government shutdown after failing to strike a deal on stopgap funding to keep the government open.
- Second judge rules against USPS, says election mail must be prioritized
The U.S. Postal Service must prioritize election mail and reverse some key policy changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a federal judge ruled on Monday.
- Trump says he will name Supreme Court replacement for Ginsburg by Saturday
President Trump said he will announce his Supreme Court pick by Saturday, moving quickly to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat and cement a 6-3 conservative majority ahead of election.
- How Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an Air Force officer opened doors for women everywhere
(Task & Purpose)
An Air Force lieutenant’s lawsuit was the first case Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever argued before the Supreme Court. The landmark decision altered the legal landscape for future gender equity cases.
- NASA Publishes Artemis Plan to Land First Woman, Next Man on Moon
NASA has announced its plan to land the first woman on the surface of the Moon in 2024.
- "I think it's a great honor": Arizona teen among first to become female Eagle Scout
An Arizona teenager is about to join a very exclusive club as one of the few female Eagle Scouts.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month News
- Veteran Suicide Prevention & Recovery in the Face of COVID-19
Register for a special veteran suicide prevention summit Tuesday, September 22 with TAPS Kim Ruocco and other experts as they discuss prevention initiatives, recovery, and postvention support amid the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID-19 and suicide prevention: Parallel public health strategies for veterans, service members
TAPS Kim Ruocco writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our public health approaches in suicide prevention and saving lives.
- Get anytime access to mental health support with mobile apps
This Suicide Prevention Month, the VA wants to shed light on mental health resources available to veterans and how to access mental health support wherever you are, whenever you need it!
- AAC & Suicide Survivor Kevin Hines Launch Video Series for Suicide Prevention Month
(American Addiction Center)
Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. In a video series with American Addiction Centers, he shares his story to raise awareness about suicide and mental health.
- Big problems require bold solutions: How data analytics can help prevent veteran suicides
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s time to tackle the problem by leveraging organizations with past performance in data analytics and epidemiology.
- Fort Sill trainees who stopped a suicide attempt receive promotions in basic
Two trainees at Fort Sill were promoted to private 2nd class after they helped save the life of a fellow trainee in a mental health crisis one week into basic combat training.
- Talk To Someone Now : Lifeline
(Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.
- The Importance of Self-care
As we take action during Suicide Prevention Month to support others, it is also vital we take the time to support and care for ourselves. This page shares tips and resources to help.
- Help Prevent Suicide
Three strategies to keep in mind when discussing suicide prevention: erase myths and misperceptions, use a public health approach, acknowledge that suicide IS preventable.
TAPS In the News
- Our Hearts Are With You - TAPS Natural Disaster Response
TAPS offers assistance to military survivors impacted by disasters including COVID-19.
- 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
- The Future Of The Affordable Care Act In A Supreme Court Without Ginsburg
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has raised the profile of a case that marks the latest existential threat to the Affordable Care Act.
- 2.5 million U.S. users register to vote using Facebook, Instagram, Messenger
The number is more than halfway toward Facebook's goal, announced earlier this year, of registering 4 million U.S. users to vote ahead of November 3.
- VA offers 90 day pause in debt collection due to natural disasters
The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering debt relief to veterans impacted by natural disasters, including the wildfires plaguing the West Coast and Hurricane Sally.
- Family Of Man Killed By National Guard In Louisville Files Wrongful Death Suit
Members of the Kentucky National Guard are among those named in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a man shot and killed by Guard soldiers during recent protests in Louisville.
- Military family members, veterans sue over chemical exposure at George Air Force Base
(Task & Purpose)
At least 18 people allege they suffer from serious ailments as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals at the former George Air Force Base in California in a recently filed federal suit.
- Military Retirees and Families Are Getting an Extension on ID Card Renewals
Military dependents and retirees now have through June 2021 to access benefits using ID cards that expired this year, thanks to an extension of rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- After deaths at ammo plants, lawmakers to quiz U.S. Army leaders on modernizing production
Lawmakers are expected to discuss modernizing the military’s munitions production following a series of explosions and fires that have killed and injured nearly a dozen workers in recent years.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- 'I miss mommy': Families shattered by COVID forge new paths
It’s easy to view the young as having been spared the health impacts of COVID-19. But the dead include untold numbers of parents who left behind children that constitute another kind of victim.
- What Makes Some People More Resilient Than Others
(New York Times)
The very earliest days of our lives, and our closest relationships, can offer clues about how we cope with adversity.
- Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
SAMHSA provides training and technical assistance on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.
- Top General Mourns Passing of Ginsburg, Who Pressed for Military Gender Equality
The Joint Chiefs Chairman joined in mourning the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose landmark rulings and advocacy for gender equality had major impacts on the military.
- Air Force Academy general's fight against racism resonates
(Air Force Times)
“We have to acknowledge we have racism, we have bias. We have to find it and we have to fix it.”
- VA Researchers Develop New 'Cyber-Bandage' for Hard-to-Heal Wounds
Imagine a bandage that can tell whether a wound is healing properly, adjust itself to fight infection, stimulate the body to speed up healing, and communicate with medical staff.
- Teddy Roosevelt captain says he knowingly risked career with virus warning
The captain of a Navy aircraft carrier knew he was jeopardizing his career when he broke protocol and sent an email warning of possible sailor deaths due to a coronavirus breakout.
- Navy Doctors Are Bringing Back This Medical Screening to Prevent Sailors’ Sudden Deaths
A group of Defense Department physicians is working to determine whether reviving the routine EKG for recruits would save lives.
- Army nominates first Hispanic-American woman to be service’s top lawyer
As the Army's principal deputy general counsel, Michele Pearce credits her career success to the many lessons she learned growing up as a military dependent.
- 2 Aid Workers Hunting for WWII Bombs in Solomon Islands Killed by One
Two men from Britain and Australia who were working in the Solomon Islands to locate bombs left behind from World War II have died after one of the bombs exploded.
- Coronavirus complicates efforts to help homeless veterans
Housing advocates aren’t wondering whether the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will lead to an increase in homeless veterans, but instead how big the increase will be.
- Paraplegic U.S. House candidate skydives for veterans
A paraplegic man from Maine who is making a bid for the U.S. House brought the concept of campaign stunts to new heights Friday when he jumped out of an airplane in support of veterans.
- This Veteran is Helping Fellow Vets Transition to Civilian Life Through Video Gaming
(Good News Network)
A medically retired Army veteran is helping recreate the brother and sisterhood people often find in the service through his YouTube channel that focuses on gaming—and self-care.
- Oldest living Marine veteran celebrates her 107th birthday
(Stars & Stripes)
Dorothy Cole enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.
Military Family News
- 8 Best Budgeting Apps: We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Each
Easy-to-use, widely customizable budgeting apps that sync with credit cards and checking accounts to adjust your income and expenses in real time.
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