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Agonizing choice for sex assault victims: Speak up or stay silent

The 27-year-old Navy veteran lies to people from her unit, saying she came home early because she had a lump in her breast. She lies to her parents, her friends and her boyfriend, who knows some of the story but not all of it. This has been her life since coming home last year from Afghanistan — the daily maintenance of a thousand little fictions to keep everyone from finding out what happened over there.

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Allow pay curbs or harm readiness, Joint Chiefs expected to tell Congress

All seven of the nation’s top four-star officers are to testify before Congress on May 6 and are expected to urge support for pay and benefit curbs. The scene will be in sharp contrast to pleadings for higher pay by service chiefs during earlier times of crisis for the all-volunteer military.

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NATO to deploy more forces to eastern Europe

More NATO ships, warplanes and troops will soon be headed to eastern Europe in response to Russia’s pressure on Ukraine, the alliance’s top official said Wednesday. But NATO’s efforts to reassure wary allies appear to stop short of establishing a permanent forward presence in the region.

 


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