The TAPS Daily - September 23, 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.


Top 5 News Items

Today's Highlights

 

  1. House passes funding patch to avert government shutdown
    (Defense News)
    The House passed a stopgap spending measure on Tuesday to avoid a government shutdown and keep the Department of Defense and other federal agencies operating through December 11.
  2. House and Senate lawmakers reach agreement to pass sweeping veteran suicide prevention bills
    (Stars & Stripes)
    House lawmakers passed sweeping legislation aimed at preventing veteran suicide that would include a grant program for local and state organizations that provide mental health care to vets.
  3. Lawmakers question VA approach on burn pits, advance bill to help toxic exposure victims
    (Military Times)
    On the same day that House lawmakers questioned VA efforts to help veterans with serious injuries believed caused by burn pits, Senate lawmakers advanced legislation to extend new testing and benefits for veterans who have suffered a range of toxic exposure injuries.
  4. COVID, hurricanes, wildfires, politics: Is 2020 the worst year ever?
    (USA Today)
    Many of us are vacillating between horror and disbelief at what can only be described as an American nightmare. Experts say what many of us are experiencing is "disaster fatigue."
  5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court
    (The Hill)
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg laid in repose at the nation’s highest court on Wednesday, commencing a series of events to give people the chance to pay their respects.
  6. VA coronavirus cases on the rise again as deaths top 3,300
    (Military Times)
    Active cases of coronavirus at Veterans Affairs hospitals have increased again in recent days as the total number of deaths from the pandemic among VA patients topped 3,300 this week.
  7. Naval Academy Midshipmen Not Allowed to Go Home for Thanksgiving
    (Military.com)
    Midshipmen will not be allowed to go home for Thanksgiving, with the Naval Academy instead considering local and weekend leave due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  8. Exclusive: A New Coronavirus School Dashboard Tracks Infections
    (NPR)
    A new national effort asks K-12 schools to voluntarily — and anonymously — report their confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases, along with the safety strategies they're using.

 

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