The TAPS Daily - September 30, 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.
- Here's What’s in the $2.2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Proposal for Veterans and the Military
A $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package unveiled by the House contains provisions for both the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments for costs related to pandemic response.
- One of first female Ranger School graduates leads Honor Guard for Justice Ginsburg
In a fitting tribute, one of the Army’s first female Rangers led the Honor Guard for Justice Ginsburg who spent her legal and judicial career fighting for women like Capt. Shaye Haver.
- Sgt. James Stoddard Jr. died 15 years ago today. Now some in want a stadium named for him
A local community has rallied behind this TAPS family since their hero, Army Sgt. 1st Class James J. Stoddard Jr., was killed 15 years ago today.
- 9 discarded military ballots weren't fraud, Pennsylvania election chief says
It appears an election worker’s decision to throw out nine military ballots in Pennsylvania amounted to a mistake and not “intentional fraud,” the state’s top elections official said.
- Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines
Experts and former FDA officials say they worry public confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine is being undermined, potentially leading people to reject the vaccine when one is available.
- 9/11 Guantánamo Trial Delayed Until At Least August 2021
The setbacks keep piling up in the long-delayed 9/11 case in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
- 6 Reasons You Should Try Telehealth If You Haven't Already
Your health is important, your time is valuable and your concerns are valid. Try telehealth for your next appointment and see whether it works for you.
- Americans Say COVID-19 Has Given Them a Newfound Appreciation of Nature
(Good News Network)
A majority of Americans say they have a new appreciation of nature during quarantine.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month News
- If You're Thinking Of Suicide, Please Consider This
As Suicide Prevention Month ends, we are reminded that every day is an opportunity to save a life. One surviving dad relays a heartfelt message of hope.
- Sandy Hook Promise Celebrates Passage of Youth Suicide Prevention Legislation
The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act of 2020.
- Kaine, Wicker Introduce Legislation Recognizing National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day
U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation that would designate September 30th as National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day. TAPS worked with Senator Kaine’s office and is proud to support this important legislation.
- VA chief touts new program to help suicide prevention
(Task & Purpose)
Secretary Wilkie touted Senate Bill 785, which was recently passed in the House.
- Schriever leaders encourage, motivate Airmen at gate
Personnel at one Air Force base organized an event to show fellow Airmen they’re cared about and loved using motivational signs.
- The President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide
TAPS is a part of the PREVENTS task force which seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.
- Resources | REACH to Prevent Suicide
(We Are Within Reach)
Learn more about how you can REACH out to help save a life. TAPS is a part of the PREVENTS Task Force which initiated the REACH pledge drive.
- Mental health, suicide prevention, & how to care for yourself & each other during crises - Part 1
(Vibrant Emotional Health)
The directors of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control discuss how to care for yourself and others during times of crises.
- Titans coach Mike Vrabel determined to keep suicide prevention message going
Although the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month campaigns may end, the coach intends to remain vocal about preventing suicide.
- Suicide Prevention Awareness Month at VBA
(VA Vantage Point)
Suicide prevention is about promoting knowledge of and access to benefits and services as early as possible, and this is where VBA excels.
- Report: Suicide tips rise 4% in Colorado last school year
A suicide prevention program in Colorado has released an annual report showing that the number of reported potential suicides increased by 4% during the last academic year.
- ADHD, financial distress, and suicide in adulthood: A population study
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder exerts lifelong impairment, including difficulty sustaining employment, poor credit, and suicide risk.
- The aching blue: Trauma, stress and invisible wounds of those in law enforcement
Chicago Sun Times
These days are tough for our nation, including those who work in law enforcement.
TAPS In the News
- 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
- VA's community care programs lack wait-time standards and proof of success, critics charge
The House Veterans' Affairs Committee blasted administration officials for not setting clear guidelines for VA’s community care programs despite warnings such limits were needed.
- Veterans Affairs Approves 34% of Blue Water Navy Claims
About 14 months after Congress passed into law a measure to grant VA benefits to sailors who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam, 34% of those claims have been granted.
- Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown
Defense officials faced a bipartisan grilling Wednesday over the Trump administration’s plans to slash the U.S. troop presence in Germany by nearly 12,000 service members.
- Department of Labor launches employment transition assistance program for military spouses
The Labor Department launched its new Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses Program, a workshop series designed to assist military spouses looking for employment.
- Military dependent, retiree ID card expiration date extended
The expiration dates for all military dependent and retiree Department of Defense identification cards have again been extended.
- A Judge Has Temporarily Blocked Trump From Raising Fees For Asylum-Seekers And Citizens
The new rules would have established a $50 fee for asylum-seekers and raised the prices for immigrants applying to become U.S. citizens from $640 to upward of $1,170.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Army Officially Endorses Naps in New Holistic Health Guidance
(Task & Purpose)
Guidance in the Army's new Field Manual 7-22, which outlines the service's holistic health strategy, stresses the importance of soldiers getting enough sleep.
- Georgia VA kept mentally ill veteran restrained for days, gave 'unnecessary sedatives' before death
VA medical staff's "failure to monitor the patient's response to medication and vital signs" put the veteran at increased risk of harm, investigators found.
- Juggling Financial Stress And Caregiving, Parents Are 'Very Not OK' In The Pandemic
New research is revealing the true financial and emotional burden of the pandemic on families.
- Disaster Distress Helpline - Five Tips for Disaster Preparedness
(Vibrant Emotional Health)
The Director of the Disaster Distress Helpline shares five tips for maintaining mental health.
- 700 Texas National Guard soldiers deploy for Middle East operation
Members of the National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division are headed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. It’s the largest deployment for the Texas Military Department this year.
- This Navy Destroyer Just Broke the All-Time Record for Consecutive Days at Sea
Less than a month after a guided-missile cruiser spent 207 consecutive days at sea, another ship passed that record thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ohio Air Guard members provide lifesaving aid
Staff Sgts. Michael Mauldin and Joshua Prater, both assigned to fire protection at the 179th Airlift Wing, provided lifesaving aid to a victim of a motor vehicle accident September 16.
- Report: CNO 'fell ill,' had heart surgery last month
The U.S. Navy’s top officer reportedly fell ill while on a run last month and underwent heart surgery soon after, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.
- 48-Year-Old Army Reservist Is 8th Service Member to Die from COVID-19
The Army Reserve identified Sgt. 1st Class Mike Markins as the most recent U.S. service member to die from complications of COVID-19.
- Marine jet crashes after mid-air collision in California
Both pilots are safe following a mid-air collision during a refueling operation Tuesday afternoon.
- VA nursing home's chronic staff shortages led to less care' report finds
Chronic staff shortages at a VA nursing home led to less care and cleaning, reliance on less qualified contracted staff, which may have contributed to outbreaks of disease.
Military Family News
- First Woman to Vote in U.S. Gets Misspelled Tombstone Corrected at Arlington
For more than 80 years, the name of the first woman ever to vote in an American election was misspelled on her tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery.
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