TODAY's Takeaway: Veteran inspires, Lady Antebellum serenades
1. U.S. Marine corporal Aaron Mankin’s face was badly damaged in combat, but Operation Mend – which provides military personnel with access to top reconstructive surgeons – is helping.
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2. Newtown officer Thomas Bean, one of the first responders to the Sandy Hook school shootings last December, is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder – and is likely to get fired for not returning to work since the massacre.
"[The town] promised us – all of us, all the police officers – that if we do our job, and something happens, they’re going to take care of us,” he told Savannah Guthrie.
Cop who claims PTSD since Sandy Hook facing firingPlay Video
Barrel Containing Human Remains Found in Home
Detroit Sick-Out Enters Second Day
Mom Dies While Trying Saving Son From Falling
Bank Robber Shoots Good Samaritan
3. As international aid started to arrive in the Philippines after Friday’s typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people, Dr. Nancy Synderman looked from helicopter at the areas hardest hit.
"What worries us is there are so many areas that we have no information from and when we have this silence this usually means that the damage is even worse," Joseph Curry, country representative for Catholic Relief Services, told TODAY.
Nancy Snyderman surveys Philippines typhoon damagePlay Video
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Chinese Biker Miraculously Escapes Collision With Cargo Truck
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4. Sarah Palin joined Matt Lauer to talk about her new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the heart of Christmas,” and kicked off the conversation with harsh criticisms of Obamacare and the GOP’s chances in 2016.
“I would never put my faith and hope in any one individual politician,’’ Palin said after Matt asked her about N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. “Not any of them. There is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today. If he were on the scene, that’s who I would put my faith in.”
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Cruz Unleashes Blistering Attack on Trump
Analyst Mike Murphy: Bernie Sanders can make Hillary Clinton's life 'hell'
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton look to lock down big wins in Indiana
Cruz Has Face-To-Face Debate With Trump Supporters in Indiana
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!