The TAPS Daily - September 4, 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.
- Report: Trump disparaged U.S. war dead as 'losers,' 'suckers'
Allegations were first reported in ‘The Atlantic’ detail multiple instances of President Donald Trump reportedly made disparaging remarks about members of the U.S. military.
- Key coronavirus forecast predicts over 410,000 total US deaths by January 1
The U.S. will top more than 410,000 COVID-19 deaths by the end of the year as the country heads into the fall and winter, according to a new forecast.
- COVID-19 cases could explode after Labor Day: It's up to us to stop it
We’ve paid the price for two holidays where many insisted upon gathering with 4 million more cumulative cases since Memorial Day. Have we learned a lesson in time for Labor Day?
- Veterans Affairs reaches more than 3,000 patient deaths, 53,000 total cases
More than 3,000 VA patients have died because of the coronavirus, and about one-third of those patient deaths have been recorded in August and the first week of September.
- Trump says he won't cut funding for Stars and Stripes
In a reversal of administration plans, President Trump said Friday he would not cut funding to the U.S. military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
- How To Care For Older People In The Pandemic (And A Printable Guide!)
Expert advice on how to make sure the older people in our lives are doing OK in the pandemic?
- 5 Ways To Play With Your Kid That Are So Fun, They Won't Realize They're Learning
Children of all ages need play to “optimize their development,” “enhance their brain structure” and — perhaps most salient of all these days — help them manage “toxic stress.”
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month News
- Take Note: Kim Ruocco on Suicide Prevention and Postvention
TAPS Kim Ruocco talks with WPSU about suicide rates among active duty and veteran populations and the peer-based program she’s spent a decade building for TAPS.
- Creating a Culture of Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention is a cause for everyone.
- Suicide Prevention More Important Than Ever as a Result of Pandemic, Study Shows
A majority of Americans support initiatives to promote mental health and suicide prevention in the wake of COVID-19.
The Action Alliance, of which TAPS is a member, is leveraging existing campaigns focused on being there for others to ensure the public is informed about actions that can help save a life.
- Black Lives Matter in Suicide Prevention
What can we do to create a more equitable and inclusive suicide prevention field to reduce the daily traumas experienced by Black and other minority communities?
- Veteran Died by Suicide After Not Receiving Needed Care at Memphis VA, IG Report Says
A veteran died by suicide one day after seeking treatment at the veterans hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where the patient "did not receive the care needed," an investigation found.
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 Facebook Live Sports & Entertainment Series
TAPS Sports & Entertainment program has been hosting Facebook Live chats during the pandemic with some of our top celebrity supporters. Check out the full line up on demand here.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Upcoming Events
Check out the growing list of available events in 2020 hosted by TAPS.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Veterans in Congress Blast Trump For Disparaging Troops
House Democrats, including lawmakers who are also veterans, attacked Donald Trump over recent reports he made disparaging comments about American troops
- Overseas military, family members now have free express mail option for their absentee ballot
As of this week, military overseas have access to a free expedited mail service from overseas, and tracking of their absentee ballot.
- Lawmakers Want to Know How the Military Is Fixing Its Racial Injustice Problem
Lawmakers are pressing DoD to show how the military is creating more developmental opportunities for troops and working to fix racial disparities in the military justice system.
- City of San Antonio, Texas, illegally auctioned off more than 200 troops' vehicles, DOJ alleges
The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city of San Antonio over allegations that they illegally sold service members' vehicles.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- What If Certain Mental Disorders Are Not Disorders At All?
A new paper by anthropologists argues that disorders are responses to adversity.
- Depression Has Skyrocketed During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Says
Three times as many Americans met criteria for a depression diagnosis during the pandemic than before it, according to the paper.
- Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic
It isn't easy adjusting to changes brought on by the pandemic. Consider how to deal with grief caused by the loss of your normal routine.
- Black veteran was 2nd person in mental crisis deputy killed
The family of Damian Daniels says the veteran was having his first mental health crisis and was paranoid at the time deputies faced him.
- Army Chaplain Corps honors first Black female colonel
As the Army's first African-American female chaplain to pin on colonel rank, Monica Lawson had a message to the naysayers during her promotion ceremony Wednesday.
- These 5 Military Hospitals Will Support COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
Five Defense Department medical facilities have been named to participate in research for the newest COVID-19 vaccine candidate to enter Phase III clinical trials.
- Watch: Soon to be MOH recipient explains hostage rescue mission in Iraq
On September 11, Sgt. Maj. Patrick Payne will be awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House for combat actions that took place in Iraq in 2015.
- 'Small number' of sailors on aircraft carrier at sea test positive for coronavirus
A “small number” of sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier recently tested positive for the coronavirus while the ship was at sea in the Pacific region, the Navy confirmed.
- Nearly half of troops polled support changing names of bases honoring Confederate leaders
Nearly half of service members surveyed favored renaming military bases that honor Confederate leaders and a large majority favored banning Confederate symbols.
- Fort Hood Soldier Dies After Collapsing During Physical Training
The Army announced Friday that a Fort Hood, Texas, soldier has died after collapsing during a physical training workout.
- New Federal Probe Finds Navy Failed to Prevent Deadly Destroyer Fitzgerald Collision
A new safety investigation into one of the Navy's deadly 2017 ship collisions highlights widespread problems with training, oversight and fatigue leading up to the accident.
- Veterans unemployment down again in August, but still well above pre-pandemic levels
Veterans unemployment fell for the fourth consecutive month in August but is still nearly double what it was one year ago, according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Marine Veteran Wins Democratic Primary for Kennedy's U.S. House Seat
Jake Auchincloss, a former Marine, won a packed primary to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts.
- This Vietnam vet describes what it was like to dodge machine gun fire to save his buddies
(We Are The Mighty)
Tony Nadal is a retired Army officer who spent his whole life with the military in some way.
- Military veteran’s companion dog allowed into U.S. after it was almost deported
A military veteran’s companion dog was given approval to stay in the U.S. after the CDC initially denied the dog’s permit because of a “mistake with her paperwork.”
- 5-year-old's preschool closes from COVID-19, so she chases waterfalls
(Good Morning America)
After her school closed due to COVID-19, a 5-year-old reached her goal to see 67 waterfalls.
- Death of longtime mayor from COVID-19 stuns Alabama town
The death of a longtime mayor has brought a reckoning to Alabama town.
- Designer turns artwork from people with disabilities into gorgeous clothing
This designer saw an opportunity to turn her passion for fashion into something meaningful.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.