The TAPS Daily - September 24, 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.
- 'Desperation And Fear' For Millions With Congress Deadlocked Over Pandemic Assistance
Congress has not worked out a deal on another pandemic relief package and as economists warn that the lack of additional assistance could make the pandemic recession much worse.
- U.S. closes in on 7M COVID cases, 2 governors call response worst in world
Researchers whose dire predictions early on in the pandemic were met with scorn and derision were taking no pleasure in being proven right.
- Lawmakers touring Fort Hood found 'toxic culture of fear, intimidation, harassment, indifference'
(Task & Purpose)
Fort Hood soldiers told congressional delegation suicides are treated as an inconvenience, they aren't provided resources to live safely and victims who report sexual assaults are harassed.
- General Becomes First Black Superintendent of U.S. Air Force Academy
Lt. Gen. Richard Clark received a first-of-its-kind homecoming Wednesday when he took command as the Air Force Academy's superintendent.
- Election 2020: Republicans, Democrats less divided on worker support
Most Americans, regardless of party affiliation, support proposals to raise the minimum wage; make childcare more affordable; and provide anti-discrimination policies.
- Missouri Governor And Wife Test Positive For The Coronavirus
Missouri Governor Mike Parson, whose mask-wearing habits have been publicly inconsistent, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero to these girls wearing super costumes
RBG is still inspiring young girls to be a 'superhero,' dream big. These photos prove it.
- Americans splurging on Halloween candy
Americans are purchasing more Halloween candy at this point this year than they did in 2019 in either a sign of optimism or preparation to eat our feelings.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month News
- National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
(National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
The NCTSN has compiled a list of helpful suicide prevention resources for parents, caregivers, health providers, educators, and policy makers. Includes specific resources for military children.
- Understanding Child Suicide: For Military Parents
(National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Information about suicide and military youth, how to talk to your child about suicide, warning signs, and evidence-based treatments for suicidal youth.
- Suicide Prevention Month: Caring for Veterans everywhere
Public-private partnerships play a critical role in suicide prevention and care for veterans.
- Taking three simple steps, Ask-Care-Escort, can help save someone from brink of suicide
Fort Benning suicide prevention experts promote three key steps that make up the Army's "ACE" suicide prevention model to help save that troubled person's life: Ask, Care, Escort
- You Are Your Friend's Biggest Support
Although suicide is a serious public health concern, it is preventable. You can help by keeping an eye out for warriors who may be struggling. Getting them support quickly is important.
- Misconceptions People Have About Suicide
(MI Blues Perspective)
Empowering yourself to know how to talk about suicide is the first step to helping someone struggling. What we say and what we don’t say when talking about suicide makes a difference.
- 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.
TAPS In the News
- Detroit Lions reach fans at home for a season unlike any other
Detroit Lions fans can purchase single-game cutouts for the upcoming Salute to Service game, benefiting military families through the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors.
- Capitals Raise More Than $2.2 Million for Charity During 2019-20 Season
In collaboration with the Washington Capitals and LIUNA, Courage Caps and shirts were sold benefiting TAPS. TAPS was also the beneficiary of the Capitals Veterans Day Jersey Auction.
- Telos Corporation Welcomes TAPS Founder, President Bonnie Carroll to its Board of Directors
(Globe News Wire)
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient to provide strategic guidance to cybersecurity company.
- Service CU Impact fundraiser benefits military families, veterans
The Service CU Impact Foundation raised nearly $250,000 in its inaugural Annual Charity Golf Classic to benefit military charities including TAPS.
- 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
- Senate VA Committee Unanimously Passes Tillis’ Landmark Toxic Exposure Bill
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously passed legislation introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that fundamentally reforms how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the VA. Coleen Bowman from TAPS spoke at the press conference.
- Senate passes resolution reaffirming commitment to peaceful transition of power
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its support for a peaceful transition of power following the November election.
- Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Joins Call to Ensure Troops' Votes Are All Counted
Seven former service chiefs have endorsed a campaign to make sure military votes are counted among the avalanche of mail-in ballots expected in the upcoming presidential election. TAPS is a member of The Military Vote Coalition, a group of military family and veteran support organizations, united by the goal to increase voter participation and accessibility among our community.
- How To Be A Poll Worker on Election Day
Election officials worry there won't be enough poll workers to staff polling places at sufficient levels and are still looking for help. Here’s how to sign up in your state.
- New Bill Bans Federal Law Enforcement from Wearing Camo
A bill filed in Congress this week by Senator Tammy Duckworth, (D-IL), would ban federal law enforcement officers from wearing military camouflage patterns in most cases.
- How new pregnancy accommodation legislation could impact feds
A lawsuit filed by an Army widow names a VA nurse and the VA Secretary as defendants and seeks punitive damages for violation of privacy, slander and infliction of emotional distress.
- Congressional Gold Medal for Famed Merrill's Marauders Awaits President's Approval
House lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the famed Merrill's Marauders of World War II.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Google searches related to anxiety, panic attacks spike during pandemic
A new study found that people are increasingly turning to Google for knowledge about ways to relieve anxiety amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Pandemic's Outsized Effect on Women's Mental Health
While the coronavirus pandemic affects everyone’s overall mental health, women are almost three times as likely as men to report suffering from significant mental health consequences.
- Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Military Parents or Caregivers
(National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
How children grieve, what Childhood Traumatic Grief is and what military parents or caregivers can do to help.
- MCPS may make mental health days excused absences during pandemic
The Montgomery County School Board may start giving students in Maryland’s largest school system excused absences to take mental health days during the pandemic.
- 7 Best Mental-Health Apps for POC
(New York Magazine)
We spoke to six mental health and wellness experts about the best online resources and apps for Black people and other POC during these times.
- Spend Savvier, Save Smarter: 5 Tips To Stop Stress-Spending
Research shows the average American spends almost $18,000 a year on nonessentials. And nearly 1 in 5 says they're spending more now than they were before the pandemic.
- Military Leaders Reveal Plans to Make Promotion Packages Totally Anonymous
The Defense Department has plans to remove all personal identifying characteristics, such as gender and name, from promotion packets to avoid potential bias by selection boards.
- Navy releases documents from deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history
The Navy released the first documents from the official inquiry into the 1963 sinking of the USS Thresher, a nuclear-powered submarine which sunk with a crew of 129 aboard during a test dive.
- Coast Guard crew saves ship from fire while underway in 7th Fleet
The crew of the Waesche, a national security cutter, battled heroically to save their ship after a fire broke out while it was underway in U.S. 7th Fleet Sunday.
- Camp Lejeune Marines Warned to Stop Running in the Dark After 4 Coyote Attacks
Three Marines and a sailor have been bitten by a coyote on the loose at a North Carolina base, prompting leaders there to issue a warning to anyone going out after dark
- To Boost Morale, the Air Force Just Opened Its First On-Base Tattoo Parlor
The U.S. Air Force officially has its own tattoo parlor.
- Texas military veteran deported years ago finally allowed back home. Now he’s a U.S. citizen.
Frank de la Cruz is one of a small number of deported veterans who have been allowed to return to the U.S. It is estimated there are more than 2,000 deported veterans still living abroad.
- Reports note issues at veterans home with fatal virus cases
Reports on the activities at a Hawaii nursing home with a fatal coronavirus outbreak found various problems, including what one investigation called a culture of complacency among staff.
- A Marine Veteran Shows the Importance of Service Dogs in the Lives of the Disabled
Cris Skinner, a Marine Corps veteran, is out to show just how important service animals are in the lives of those who need them -- not just veterans, but anyone who relies on such a companion.
- 77 years later, Marine killed on Tarawa returns home to Illinois
(Task & Purpose)
Eighty Septembers ago, Sgt. George R. Reeser left home to join the service. He made the ultimate sacrifice to help save the world. Mission accomplished, he is finally returning home for good.
Military Family News
- Sesame Street Military Families Healthcare Transitions
"Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions in Health Care," provides a host of new resources to help ease stresses of health care transitions for military families.
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