The TAPS Daily - September 3, 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.
- Military Not Selected to Be Among First Groups to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
Service members might not be at the front of the line to receive the coronavirus vaccine when it is ready, unless they are healthcare workers or at high risk of contracting the disease.
- Army Reservist Is 7th Service Member to Die of COVID-19
A senior maintenance supervisor with the 301st Field Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida, has been identified as the seventh service member to die of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 is leading cause of law enforcement deaths this year: analysis
Coronavirus infections possibly caught while on the job are now the leading cause of death among U.S. police officers, according to law enforcement groups.
- Troops: White nationalism a national security threat equal to ISIS, al-Qaida
Troops identified white nationalism as a national security threat on par with al-Qaida, Islamic State Group, and more worrisome than danger posed by North Korea, Afghanistan or Iraq.
- Fauci says Midwest states should be on alert this Labor Day
The nation's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Midwest states in particular should be vigilant during the upcoming Labor Day holiday.
- VIDEO: How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus That Can Linger In The Air
In some settings researchers believe the virus expelled when someone speaks stays aloft in air and potentially infects people farther away than recommended 6 feet of social distance.
- 4 Ways to Avoid Owing Payroll Taxes in 2021
If your employer stops withholding Social Security taxes on your paycheck, expect to take home less money in early 2021.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month News
- President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide
The President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), is a call to action to amplify and accelerate the progress in addressing the veteran suicide epidemic in our nation. It recently launched the REACH national public health campaign aimed at empowering all Americans to play a critical role in preventing suicide. TAPS is a member of the PREVENTS task force.
- #BeThere to Help Prevent Suicide
Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help.
- Seeking Military Suicide Solution Podcast — Reducing Barriers to Care through Telehealth
This podcast examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention.
TAPS In the News
- Detroit Lions offering fan cutouts to benefit charities
The Detroit Lions announced fans can still be a part of game day while benefiting charities like TAPS by purchasing cutouts of themselves to see in the stands at home games.
- 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
- Vote - Secure Families Initiative
(Secure Family Initiatives)
TAPS is proud to partner with the Secure Families Initiative and other organizations to increase voter participation in the military community
- As lawmakers call for investigation of reported racism at VA, workers plan protests
Two Capitol Hill lawmakers are calling for a review of reports of systemic racism within the VA against employees and veterans, as VA workers plan protests this weekend.
- VA Set to Give Veterans Convalescent Plasma in Test as Treatment Faces Scrutiny
The VA has announced plans for randomized testing of 700 veterans on the effectiveness of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19, amid dispute on its therapeutic value.
- Lawsuit: Whistleblower in VA deaths wrongfully suspended
A man who says he alerted authorities to suspicious patient deaths at a West Virginia veterans hospital has filed a lawsuit claiming he was wrongfully suspended because of his actions.
- Proposal Would Give Some Tricare Users a Wider Choice of Health Care Providers
The next iteration of Tricare will give some military families and retirees the option to choose a health network other than the two selected to manage the Tricare East and West regions.
- Air Force vet's case over 1966 B-52 crash, cleanup in Spain goes before court
In a unique case, Yale Law School students have brought suit against the VA for using flawed radiation data to deny benefits to veterans following a 1966 hydrogen bomb accident.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Children with social anxiety, maternal history of depression more likely to develop depression
Although researchers have known for decades that depression runs in families, new research suggests children suffering from social anxiety may be at particular risk for depression.
- 17 College Mental Health Struggles Students Are Facing Right Now
A list of some of the college mental health struggles and experiences popping up a lot of these days. So if you can relate, you’re definitely not alone and it’s all valid.
- Utah Guardsman honored for saving lives during 2017 Las Vegas massacre
Gov. Gary Herbert presented the Utah Medal of Valor to National Guard Sgt. Chasen Brown for his heroic efforts during the 2017 Las Vegas Harvest Music Festival massacre.
- Amid the military's #MeToo moment, the Pentagon makes major women's health changes
DoD has been quietly rolling out policies, provisions and initiatives in support of the reproductive health of its female service members this year.
- West Point superintendent says he's taking action on racism highlighted by nine recent cadets
West Point’s superintendent said he will take action regarding a policy proposal on racism at the U.S. Military Academy after an investigation completes in the early fall.
- Amid Devastated Economy, Job Mentorship Crucial for Veterans, Report Finds
In an economy devastated by COVID-19 pandemic, veterans face the continuing problem of "underemployment" in positions unsuited to their skills, according to study.
- Marine veteran Tom Seaver, heart and mighty arm of Miracle Mets, dies at 75
(Marine Corps Times)
Tom Seaver, the galvanizing force who steered the New York Mets from the National League cellar to a stunning World Series title in 1969, has died. He was 75.
- Marine turns in MARPAT for Patriots' navy blues
(Marine Corps Times)
The New England Patriots over the weekend announced they signed Naval Academy graduate and Marine Corps veteran Paul Quessenberry to the team as a tight end.
- Marine Veteran, 92, checks kayaking off her bucket list
The VA’s Home-Based Primary Care Program often works with Recreation Therapy to offer activities for veterans who may otherwise be housebound.
Military Family News
- On the move? Here are some employment resources for military spouses.
Defense officials have recognized spouse employment is a readiness issue that affects families’ financial well-being, and often affects service members’ decision to stay in the military.
- Louisiana hospital staff stayed behind to care for 19 babies as Hurricane Laura hit
Even as Hurricane Laura bore down on Louisiana, someone had to watch the babies.
- Nebraska man's city council argument to rename boneless chicken wings goes viral
A Nebraska man went viral this week after solemnly calling on the city council in Lincoln, Nebraska, to consider renaming boneless chicken wings.
- When runway lights failed, Alaska residents used their car headlights to land a medevac plane
A medevac plane sent to save a child's life in remote Alaska found the runway's lights had failed. In minutes, residents assembled vehicles to light the way so the plane could land.
- The World's First Happiness Museum Opened And It's Bound To Put A Smile On Your Face
(Good News Network)
The Happiness Research Institute—yes, there really is such a thing—is the driving force behind the new project.
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