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1. Operation Resurrection: Film details medical challenges of returning veterans. The hour-long film, screened Tuesday at the Capitol for an audience of about 70 advocates, aides, veterans and congressmen, goes far beyond a medical perspective, showing how American society is poorly prepared for the 2.2 million veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
2. US relief for Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines stepped up. U.S. relief efforts in the Philippines are accelerating, with 24-hour air operations and the imminent arrival of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier.
3. More airports to adopt speedy security screening for troops. Troops will be able to keep their belts and shoes on at 90 more airport security checkpoints by Christmas, according to an announcement by the Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration.
4. Littoral Combat Ship sidelined again by maintenance issue. For the second time in three weeks, the heavily scrutinized USS Freedom has been unable to perform scheduled tasks due to technical difficulties.
5. Man at center of Navy bribery scandal won contracts despite criminal past. The man allegedly behind the ever-expanding Navy bribery scandal involving prostitutes and luxury travel is a convict in his home country, but that did not disqualify him from bidding on and winning U.S. Navy contracts, Navy officials told Stars and Stripes this week.
6. Senior Navy civilians investigated over purchase of silencers. Federal authorities are investigating three senior Navy intelligence officials as part of a probe into an alleged contracting scheme that charged the military $1.6 million for homemade firearms silencers that cost only $8,000 to make, court records show.
7. Air Force officer acquitted of groping Virginia woman. After hearing two days of testimony, a Virginia jury deliberated for slightly more than an hour before acquitting Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 42, on one count of assault and battery against a 23-year-old woman who had accused him of drunkenly groping her outside a bar in May.
8. Deficit-reduction plans could impact federal workers, military and veterans. Hyperlink to Article The Washington Post: Federal workers, military personnel and veterans could take a hit under more than a dozen deficit-reduction options the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office detailed in a new report Wednesday.
9. VA pushing for services via mobile devices. Hyperlink to Article Federal Times: Health care management at the Veterans Affairs Department will eventually be going mobile, according to a key official.
10. POLI-TICKER: VA urges area vets to use online resource. Hyperlink to Article The News-Herald: The federal Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging all veterans, active servicemen and -women and employees to use an online resource to access health care information and services.
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