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CBN NewsWatch: October 29, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Oct 29: Keep your health plan? Promise not holding true, Protestors to EPA: Destroy coal; destroy America, and Sandy anniversary: Victims fight insurance groups, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

WHY IS THE WEBSITE SO FULL

OF PROBLEMS?

A LOOK AT THAT AND THE HOST

OF OTHER QUESTIONS CONGRESS

IS ASKING ABOUT

HEALTHCARE.GOV.

PLUS, THE PERSECUTIONS OF

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA.

HOW MANY ARE GETTING BY IN

THE FACE OF EXTREMIST

ATTACKS.

Mark: AND SEE HOW

WOUNDED WARRIORS ARE

RECEIVING HELP AND HEALING

IN ALASKA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED IF

YOU LIKED YOUR HEALTH CARE

PLAN, YOU COULD KEEP IT.

BUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE

FINDING OUT THAT'S NOT

TRUE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

AND I'M LORI JOHNSON.

AND WITH OBAMACARE WEBSITES

STILL NOT WORKING PROPERLY,

THE PRESIDENT'S

ADMINISTRATION IS GIVING

PEOPLE EXTRA TIME TO SIGN UP

FOR NEW INSURANCE PLANS.

Mark: MEANWHILE TODAY,

CONGRESS BEGAN GRILLING

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ABOUT

THE FIASCO.

DALE HURD HAS MORE.

Reporter: A GRACE

PERIOD FOR AMERICANS TO SIGN

UP FOR OBAMACARE.

MONDAY THE WHITE HOUSE

GRANTED A SIX-WEEK

EXTENSION, PUSHING THE

DEADLINE FOR UNINSURED

AMERICANS TO SIGN UP FOR

COVERAGE UNTIL MARCH 31ST.

BUT LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH

PARTIES SAY THAT IS NOT

ENOUGH.

SOME DEMOCRATS AND

REPUBLICANS ARE CALLING FOR

A ONE YEAR DELAY.

THE HEAD OF MEDICARE

APPEARED BEFORE CONGRESS TO

APOLOGIZE.

WE HAVE SAID PUBLICLY

WE'LL HAVE THE WEBSITE IN

GOOD WORKING ORDER BY THE

END OF NOVEMBER.

YOU'VE HAD NEARLY FOUR

YEARS TO GET IT READY.

NOW YOU'RE SAYING IN FOUR

WEEKS MORE IT WILL BE

GREAT.

SO WHAT'S DIFFERENT?

WHY SHOULD ANYONE BELIEVE

THESE CLAIMS?

Reporter: DEMOCRATS ON

THE DEFENSIVE SAID OBAMACARE

MUST BE FIXED.

BUT WHAT I WANT TO SEE

MORE FROM THIS COMMITTEE IS

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE AND GET

QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

AMERICANS.

THIS HAS TO BE A PART OF THE

GOAL THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE, A

NEW REPORT BY NBC STATES THE

PRESIDENT KNEW AHEAD OF TIME

THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

WOULD LOSE THEIR CURRENT

INSURANCE COVERAGE.

OBAMACARE TRAIN WRECK

CONTINUES.

IN 2009 PRESIDENT OBAMA

PROMISED THAT IF YOU LIKE

YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, YOU

CAN KEEP IT.

IT STILL PROMISES THAT ON

THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE AND

OON THE HEALTHCARE.GOV

WEBSITE, IF AND WHEN YOU CAN

GET ON THAT WEBSITE.

PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION

ARE EXPERIENCING STICKER

SHOCK AS THEY RECEIVE

CANCELLATION LETTERS FROM

THEIR INSURERS, AND SEE

THEIR MONTHLY PREMIUMS RISE

UP TO 400%.

Reporter: ESTIMATES OF

HOW MANY PEOPLE COULD LOSE

INSURANCE RANGE FROM SEVEN

MILLION TO 16 MILLION.

WEDNESDAY THE PUBLIC FACE OF

OBAMACARE, HEALTH AND HUMAN

SERVICES DIRECTOR KATHLEEN

SEBELIUS, WILL FINALLY

TESTIFY ABOUT THE ROLLOUT

DEBACLE OF THE AFFORDABLE

CARE ACT.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

SPAIN IS THE LATEST

COUNTRY TO BEGIN LOOKING AT

ALLEGATIONS OF BEING THE

TARGET OF U.S.

SURVEILLANCE.

THE COUNTRY'S PROSECUTOR'S

OFFICE SAYS IT IS OPENING UP

A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION

INTO REPORTS THAT THE

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

MONITORED MORE THAN

60 MILLION PHONE CALLS IN

SPAIN IN JUST ONE MONTH.

THAT INVESTIGATION COMES AS

A CAPITOL HILL HEARING ON

N.S.A. TACTICS KICKED OFF

TODAY.

THE HEAD OF THE AGENCY WAS

GRILLED BY LAWMAKERS LOOKING

FOR ANSWERS.

WE DO NOT SPY ON ANYONE,

EXCEPT FOR VALID, FOREIGN

INTELLIGENCE PURPOSES, AND

WE ONLY WORK WITHIN THE

LAW.

MEANWHILE, DEMOCRATIC

SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN IS

BREAKING RANK AND SAYING SHE

WILL LAUNCH A CONGRESSIONAL

REVIEW OF ALL THE U.S. SPY

PROGRAMS.

SHE CHAIRS THE SENATE

INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, A

COMMITTEE TYPICALLY KNOWN

FOR STANDING SIDE BY SIDE

WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE

N.S.A.

Mark: FOR MORE ON THIS

WE'RE JOINED BY JOHN

WHITEHEAD, A CONSTITUTIONAL

ATTORNEY AND AUTHOR OF THE

BOOK "A GOVERNMENT OF

WOLVES, THE EMERGING

AMERICAN POLICE STATE."

JOHN, SOME SAY THE PRESIDENT

KNEW ABOUT THE SPY ALL

ALONG.

SOME SAY HE MORE RECENTLY

LEARNED OF THE N.S.A.

TACTICS.

EITHER WAY, DON'T THE

REVELATIONS POINT TO A

DECEPTION FROM WASHINGTON?

THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT

THAT.

THE PRESIDENT IS EITHER NOT

TELLING THE TRUTH OR HE IS

INCOMPETENT.

AND I DON'T THINK HE IS

INCOMPETENT.

OUR RESEARCH SHOWS IN

JANUARY ALONE, 2013, THE

N.S.A. DOWNLOADED

125 BILLION PHONE CALLS

AROUND THE WORLD OF LEADERS,

AVERAGE CITIZENS, THREE

BILLION OF THOSE ORIGINATING

FROM THE UNITED STATES

ALONE.

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE

THE 1970s.

EVERY PRESIDENT WE HAVE HAD

IN OFFICE KNOWS WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

WHAT I ARGUE IN MY NEW BOOK,

"A GOVERNMENT OF WOLVES," IS

WE MOVED INTO WHAT I CALL AN

ELECTRONIC CONCENTRATION

CAMP.

E-MAILS, ANYTHING YOU DO IS

DOWNLOADED BY THE N.S.A.

WE LIVE IN A SPY STATE.

AND THE PRESIDENT KNOWS IT.

THAT'S THE SAD FACT OF OUR

LIVES AS AMERICANS AND

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.

Mark: BREAK IT DOWN A

LITTLE MORE FOR US.

HOW BAD IS THIS N.S.A.

SCANDAL FOR THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION AND THE U.S.

ON THE WHOLE?

BAD ENOUGH FOR THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION TO DO

EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO GET

OUT OF IT.

INCLUDING WHAT I CALL THE

SYRIA DISTRACTION, AND ALL

OF THOSE THINGS.

BEFORE THE SYRIA STUFF, THE

CHEMICAL WEAPONS, ALL PEOPLE

WERE TALKING ABOUT WAS THE

N.S.A.

SO I THINK THIS HAS BEEN A

REAL EMBARRASSMENT TO

OBAMA.

IT SHOWS THAT HE IS NO

BETTER THAN ANY OTHER

PRESIDENT WE'VE EVER HAD,

FROM NIXON ON.

HE IS LISTENING IN ON OUR

PHONE CALLS.

EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING

NOW, THE N.S.A. DOWNLOADS,

AND THE PRESIDENT KNOWS IT.

IF HE WANTS TO DEBUNCT A

PRESIDENT, THE CHANCELLOR OF

GERMANY OR SPAIN, THEY CAN

DO IT.

THEY HAVE SATELLITE SYSTEMS

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

EMPLOYEES OPERATING IN NEW

ZEALAND, CANADA, GREAT

BRITAIN.

THE PRESIDENT KNOWS THAT.

HE IS JUST TRYING TO WIGGLE

OUT OF A VERY, VERY WEIRD

SPOT HE HAS FOUND HIMSELF

IN.

Mark: JOHN, WILL

AMERICA BE ABLE TO REDEEM

ITSELF AMONG ITS ALLIES?

I DON'T THINK SO.

I THINK EVERYBODY IS GOING

TO BE LOOKING OVER THEIR

SHOULDERS.

ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE IN

GERMANY, SPAIN, AND FRANCE.

WHICH NOT ONLY ARE THEY

SPYING ON THOSE CITIZENS IN

THOSE COUNTRIES, THE

LEADERS, AND THEY'RE SPYING

ON THE CITIZENS.

60MILLION PHONE CALLS TO

FRANCE ALONE HAVE BEEN

DOWNLOADED RECENTLY BY THE

N.S.A.

WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES HAS ERECTED IS

A SPY STATE.

AND HE IS NOT GOING TO BE

ABLE TO GET OUT OF THIS IF

WE STAY AWAKE.

WE'LL HAVE TO STAY AWAKE AND

ALERT AND SEE WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

I'M AFRAID WE'RE MOVING INTO

AN TOTALIAN SYSTEM.

WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS

ILLEGAL AND AGAINST OUR

CONSTITUTIONS AND OUR

FREEDOMS.

Mark: JOHN, WHAT WOULD

YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN TO

PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS FROM

GOVERNMENT ENCROACHMENT.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IS ALL

OF THE SPYING IS BY PASSING

OUR FOURTH AMENDMENT.

OUR CONGRESSMEN NEED TO PASS

AN ELECTRONIC BILL OF

RIGHTS.

WE HAVE PROPOSED THAT TO A

NUMBER OF CONGRESSMEN, TO

PROTECT US, AND TO STOP

SPYING ON OUR NEIGHBOURS

UNLESS THERE IS A CLEAR AND

PRESENT THREAT.

Mark: THANKS, JOHN, FOR

YOUR TIME TODAY.

I THANK YOU, SIR.

THOUSANDS OF COAL WORKERS

AND OFFICIALS RALLIED ON

CAPITOL HILL TODAY.

THEY WERE WARNING IF THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE

E.P.A. HAVE THEIR WAY,

AMERICANS WILL BE PAYING

MUCH HIGHER ENERGY PRICES.

AND THEY SAY THOUSANDS OF

JOBS ACROSS COAL COUNTRY

WILL BE KILLED.

PAUL STRAND WAS THERE AND

BRINGS US THIS REPORT.

Reporter: THE RALLY FOR

AMERICAN JOBS WAS MEANT TO

HIGHLIGHT WHAT THOSE

TARGETED CALL A WAR ON

COAL.

MANY IN THE CROWD ON CAPITOL

HILL WERE THE WORKERS AND

FAMILIES WHO WILL LOSE THEIR

JOBS AND PAYCHECKS IN THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE

E.P.A. ARE LEFT ALONE TO

REGULATE COAL TO DEATH.

IF THEY DESTROY COAL,

THEY DESTROY THIS COMPANY.

Reporter: ROGER HORTON

OF CITIZENS FOR COAL SAYS

THE E.P.A. HAS NOW HIT COAL

PLANTS WITH REGULATIONS SO

TOUGH, NO INDUSTRY COULD

MEASURE UP.

THERE IS NO TECHNOLOGY IN

THE WORLD THAT COULD MEET

THESE STANDARDS.

THEY TIGHTENED DOWN

REGULATION AFTER REGULATION

AND ENDED UP WITH PUTTING US

OUT OF BUSINESS PRETTY

MUCH.

Reporter: THESE COAL

MINERS, WORKERS AND

OFFICIALS RALLIED ON CAPITOL

HILL BECAUSE ONLY CONGRESS

OR THE COURTS CAN STOP THE

E.P.A.

WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO

IS REACH THE HEARTS AND

MINDS OF PEOPLE IN THOSE

HALLS IN FRONT OF ME HERE.

TO GET THEM TO UNDERSTAND

THAT COAL MINING IS MUCH

MORE THAN AN ENERGY SOURCE.

IT IS PEOPLE.

I WAS LAID OFF FROM A

COAL MINE.

AND THEN TRYING TO FIND A

JOB SOMEWHERE IS ALMOST

NON-EXISTENT.

IF YOU DO FIND A JOB, IT IS

LOW PAYING.

Reporter: AND IT

RIPPLES OUT ACROSS THE

COMMUNITY.

THERE ARE 10 TO 12 JOBS

FOR EVERY COAL MINER OUT

THERE.

Reporter: AND THEN

THERE IS THE EFFECT ON

PERSONAL LIVES WHEN JOBS GET

KILLED.

I HAVE SEEN DIVORCES, I

HAVE SEEN DRUG ABUSE.

I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE LOSE

THEIR HOMES.

I GOT DIVORCED.

THINGS DIDN'T GO RIGHT AND

IT CAUSED A LOT OF FAMILY

PROBLEMS.

WE'VE LOST OUR VEHICLES.

THEY'VE HAD TO LEAVE,

RETOOL, LEAVE THEIR HOMES,

AND IT'S JUST NOT FAIR.

Reporter: THESE

PRO-COAL PROTESTORS BLAME

NOT JUST THE E.P.A., BUT A

PRESIDENT WHO'S

ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS GO

WAY PASSED WHAT THEY BELIEVE

IS REASONABLE.

THERE WAS A LOT OF

POLLUTION, AND WE'VE CLEANED

UP A LOT OF THINGS.

IN THE WATER AND THE AIR.

SO IT IS JUST TO WHAT

EXTREME YOU WANT TO TAKE

THAT.

WE CAN'T AFFORD THE EXTREMES

HE HAS TAKEN US TO.

WE DON'T WANT A HANDOUT.

ALL WE WANT TO DO IS WORK.

THEY'RE NOT LISTENING.

THEY KEEP THROWING

EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD IN

OUR PATH.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.

Mark: THE LEGAL BATTLE

OVER BIBLE BANNERS AT HIGH

SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES IN

SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS HEATING

UP AGAIN.

CBN NEWS HAS BEEN FOLLOWING

THIS STORY SINCE LAST FALL.

CHEERLEADERS AT KUNTZ HIGH

SCHOOL DISPLAYED BIBLE

VERSES ON RUN-THROUGH

BANNERS FOR THEIR FOOTBALL

TEAM.

AN ATHEIST GROUP FILED A

COMPLAINT.

A DISTRICT JUDGE HAD RULED

IN FAVOR OF THE

CHEERLEADERS, BUT NOW THE

KUNTZ SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS

APPEALED THE RULING,

ESSENTIALLY CLAIMING THAT

CHEERLEADERS ARE PART OF THE

GOVERNMENT.

ATTORNEYS FOR THE STUDENTS

HAVE FILED A BRIEF,

DEFENDING THE CHEERLEADERS'

FREE SPEECH RIGHTS.

THEY SAY, QUOTE,"NO COURT

HAS EVER HELD THAT A STUDENT

SPEAKING ON A MESSAGE OF HIS

OR HER OWN CHOICE IS A

GOVERNMENT SPEAKER."

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA FEAR

THEY'RE BEING TARGETED BY

ISLAMIC REBEL FORCES.

THE REBELS ARE INCREASINGLY

SHELLING CHRISTIAN MAJORITY

TOWNS AND DISTRICTS IN THE

CAPITAL DAMASCUS.

AT LEAST 32 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

KILLED AND DOZENS INJURED IN

RECENT WEEKS IN THE

CHRISTIAN DISTRICT OF

KALKASA.

AND LEADERS SAY THEY ARE

STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE.

SOMETIMES I DON'T HAVE

THE STRENGTH TO COME TO THE

SERVICES.

BUT EVEN WHEN THEY HEAR

BOMBS AND SHELLINGS, AS YOU

SEE, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE

IN THE CHURCHES THAT SEE THE

ONLY HOPE IS IN PRAYER.

AT THE START OF THE CIVIL

WAR, MANY CHRISTIANS TRIED

TO STAY NEUTRAL.

BUT AS REBEL FORCES HAVE

BECOME DOMINATED BY MUSLIM

JIHADIS, CHRISTIANS OFTEN

HAVE TO SIDE WITH THE

GOVERNMENT.

COMING UP, ONE YEAR LATER, A

LOOK AT THE AREA HARDEST HIT

BY SUPERSTORM SANDY.

Lori: TODAY MARKS ONE

YEAR SINCE SUPERSTORM SANDY

HIT THE NORTHEAST, CAUSING

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

DAMAGE.

AND WHILE MANY BUSINESSES

ARE ON THE PATH TO RECOVERY,

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE

STILL NOT HOME.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM REPORTS.

Reporter: THERE HAS

BEEN PROGRESS IN SOME

AREAS.

ELLIS ISLAND REOPENED THIS

WEEK.

AND MANHATTAN'S SOUTH STREET

SEAPORT IS OPEN FOR

BUSINESS.

AFTER THE STORM SHUT DOWN

85% OF THE BUSINESSES.

SMALL COMPANIES ON STATEN

ISLAND ARE HOSTING A BLOCK

PARTY TO CELEBRATE THEIR

RECOVERY.

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE

RESIDENTIAL SIDE OF

RECOVERY, THINGS ARE STILL

LOOKING GRIM.

I THOUGHT THAT BY THIS

SUMMER THINGS WOULD BE

MOVING.

YOU FILL OUT PAPERWORK.

YOU SUBMIT THIS, SUBMIT

THAT, AND THEN BY THE END

THEY JUST TELL YOU YOU DON'T

QUALIFY FOR WHATEVER

REASON.

WE'RE USING OUR SAVINGS

AND RETIREMENT.

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE SOME HOMES ARE STILL

UNINHABITABLE.

THE STORM CAUSED $65 BILLION

IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND

FORCED SOME 40,000 PEOPLE

OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

FEDERAL AID APPROPRIATED

MONTHS AGO BY CONGRESS HAVE

YET TO REACH HOMEOWNERS, WHO

DESPERATELY NEED THE MONEY

TO MOVE ON.

IT TOOK 92 DAYS FOR

CONGRESS TO GET THE AID TO

THE SANDY VICTIMS, PAIRED TO

10 DAYS FOR KATRINA AND 17°

FOR GUSTAF.

Reporter: MANY

RESIDENTS ALONG THE COASTS

OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY

SAY THEY STILL HAVE NOT

FIGURED OUT HOW TO PAY TO

RECONSTRUCT THEIR HOUSES TO

FLOOD STANDARDS, AND YET

THESE COMMUNITIES ARE

DETERMINED TO RECOVER.

AND FOR MANY, TODAY WAS A

DAY OF HEALING AND

REMEMBRANCE.

TONIGHT PEOPLE ALONG THE

JERSEY SHORE ARE SHINING

FLASHLIGHTS TO HONOR THE

DATE.

AND PEOPLE ON STATEN ISLAND

WILL LIGHT CAMED CANDLES IN

A "LIGHT THE SHORE" VIGIL.

Mark: AT LEAST 15

PEOPLE ARE DEAD IN A BRUTAL

STORM THAT CROSSED BRITAIN.

IT IS CALLED THE ST. JUDE

STORM, AND IT IS ONE OF THE

WORST TO HIT THE REGION IN

YEARS.

THE WIND AND RAIN SNAPPED

HUNDREDS OF TREES AND

FLOODED STREETS.

AT LEAST ONE GIRL DIED WHEN

A TREE FELL INTO HER HOUSE.

OTHERS BARELY ESCAPED

SIMILAR INCIDENTS.

I CAME DOWNSTAIRS AND I

FOUGHT MY WAY OUT THROUGH

THE FRONT DOOR BECAUSE THE

TREE WAS BLOCKING OUR

ENTRANCE.

I MANAGED TO GET OUT AND

WENT TO SEE MY NEIGHBORS.

AND THEN THE REST OF THE

TREE CAME DOWN.

Mark: WOW.

PEOPLE IN SOME AREAS SAW

WIND GUSTS UP TO 120 MILES

PER HOUR.

Lori: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

GROUP IS BRINGING MILITARY

COUPLES TO ALASKA TO HELP

HEAL RELATIONSHIPS.

TOTAL

Lori: AMERICAN TROOPS

HAVE BEEN FIGHTING ALMOST

NON STOP FOR MORE THAN A

DECADE.

CASUALTIES FROM THESE WARS

INCLUDE BOTH OUR SERVICE

MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Mark: FOR TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT, I TRAVELLED TO

ALASKA TO LOOK AT A PROGRAM

BRINGING PEACE AND HEALING

TO WOUNDED WARRIORS AND

THEIR LOVED ONES.

OUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN A

PLANE.

THE MAIN SOURCE OF

TRANSPORTATION TO PORT

ALSOWORTH, A REMOTE ALASKA

VILLAGE, LOCATED SOUTHWEST

OF ANCHORIDGE.

WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR

SPOUSES FOLLOW THIS

BREATHTAKING PATH IN THEIR

SEARCH FOR A HEALING OF

THEIR BODIES, MINDS, AND

MARRIAGES.

LANDING ON THIS DIRT RUNWAY

BEGINS A WEEK UNLIKE ANY

OTHER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Reporter: AS THEY EXIT,

THEY RECEIVE A HERO'S

WELCOME FROM PORT ALSWORTH

RESIDENTS, AND THE STAFF AND

VOLUNTEERS OF SAMARITAN

LODGE, ALASKA.

THEY COME OFF THE PLANE

CRYING BECAUSE THEY DID NOT

GET THAT KIND OF WELCOME

WHEN THEY CAME HOME AND THEY

WERE WOUNDED.

> THERE WAS NO BIG PARADE

OR ANYTHING.

AND MOST OF THEM WILL SAY, I

CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID THAT

FOR ME.

IT IS JUST THE MOST

HEART-WARMING THING.

THEY FEEL SO LOVED.

Reporter: THE COZY

RETREAT CENTER IS AN OASIS

FOR VETERANS OF SPOUSES

PARCHED BY WAR.

THE HUMANITARIAN

ORGANIZATION SAMARITAN'S

PURSE RUNS THE PROGRAM,

KNOWN AS "OPERATION HEAL OUR

PATRIOTS."

WE WANT THESE COUPLES TO

EXPERIENCE HEALING, GOD'S

HEALING IN THEIR LIVES.

I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT

THE PHYSICAL HEALING.

THAT'S IMPORTANT.

BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT THE

SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL

HEALING, AND ALSO THE

HEALING OF THEIR MARRIAGES.

SO MANY OF THESE COUPLES,

BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES

THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH, FIND

THEMSELVES GOING IN

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.

Mark: ACCORDING TO THE

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, DIVORCE

ENDED ABOUT 30,000 MILITARY

MARRIAGES IN 2011.

PART OF THE HEALING PROCESS

HERE MEANS SIMPLY GETTING

THEIR MINDS OFF WOUNDS AND

DAY TO DAY STRESS BY

EXPERIENCING LIFE ALASKA

STYLE.

THAT INCLUDES BEARS,

FLY-FISHING, KAYAKING, AND,

OF COURSE, R & R.

IT IS FUN TO SEE THE

EXCITEMENT ON THEIR FACE

WHEN THEY WALK IN THE

CABIN.

Reporter: SANDY LANE

AND HER HUSBAND, MARK,

MANAGE THE MARRIAGE RETREAT

CENTER.

IT IS A BLESSING TO BE

HERE.

FIRST OF ALL, TO BE PART OF

AN ORGANIZATION, A MISSION,

THAT TENDS TO THESE COUPLES,

THESE WOUNDED COUPLES.

AND NOT ONLY IS THE SPOUSE

WOUNDED, BUT THE PERSON THAT

SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES,

BUT THE OTHER SPOUSE IS ALSO

WOUNDED IN SO MANY WAYS.

Reporter: OVER A THREE

AND A HALF MONTH PERIOD, 150

COUPLES FROM ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY ARRIVE HERE AT

SAMARITAN LODGE, ALASKA.

SOME OF THE WOUNDED WARRIORS

HAVE INJURIES WHICH ARE

VISIBLE.

OTHERS HAVE WOUNDS WHICH ARE

NOT SEEN.

THIS IS THE LATEST AND

GREATEST MILITARY-ISSUED X3,

MADE BY AUTOBACH OUT OF

GERMANY.

Mark: WHILE SERVING IN

AFGHANISTAN, AN I.E.D. TOOK

OFF BILLY'S RIGHT LEG AT THE

KNEE.

I REMEMBER THE WHOLE

THING.

I REMEMBER FLYING THROUGH

THE AIR, WORRYING ABOUT HOW

I WAS GOING TO LAND.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LAND ON MY

HEAD, AND REALIZING THAT MY

FOOT WAS GONE, AND KNOWING

WHEN I HIT THE GROUND, I

NEEDED TO GET TO WORK TO

STOP THE BLEEDING.

JENNIFER, WHEN YOU LOOK

DOWN AT THE PROSTHETIC LEG,

WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR

MIND?

HE IS A PRETTY AMAZING

GUY, TO OVERCOME ALL THAT HE

HAS GONE THROUGH.

IT SEEMS NATURAL NOW.

IT IS PART OF HIM.

Reporter: STILL,

INJURIES LIKE THIS AND THEIR

NEW CHALLENGES TAKE A TOLL

ON A MARRIAGE.

AFTER THEIR TIME AT

SAMARITAN LODGE ALASKA,

HOWEVER, JENNIFER AND LARRY

RENEWED THEIR VOWS.

ONE OF THREE COUPLES TO DO

SO DURING THEIR TIME HERE.

IT WAS PERFECT FOR US.

WE REALLY NEEDED A TIME FOR

US TO RECONNECT, AWAY FROM

EVERYTHING.

ESPECIALLY JUST UNPLUGGING

FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD.

JUST BEING ABLE TO FOCUS ON

WHAT WE'RE DOING, WHAT IS

RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US.

THAT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY

HELPFUL FOR US.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO

RECHARGE EVERY ONCE IN A

WHILE AND TAKE TIME FOR EACH

OTHER.

Reporter: HERNANDEZ AND

MARIA ALSO FEEL RECHARGED.

HE SUFFERED A BRAIN INJURY

IN IRAQ AND BATTLES

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDER.

THE MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT

CLASSES WERE RIGHT ON

POINT.

HITTING THE ELEMENTS OF LOVE

AND SUPPORT.

I WOULD SAY THAT ALL

SERVICE MEMBERS NEED TO SEEK

GOD, FIRST AND FOREMOST.

AND ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT

ARE GOING ON.

Reporter: 15 DAYS AFTER

DAN STEVENS RETIRED AS A

NAVY CHAPLAIN, HE TOOK ON

THE SAME ROLE AT SAMARITAN

LODGE ALASKA.

HE HAS WITNESSED DOZENS OF

LIVES CHANGED, THANKS TO

SALVATION THROUGH JESUS

CHRIST.

MY MISSION HERE IS TO

HELP PEOPLE COME TO KNOW THE

LORD JESUS CHRIST.

THAT HAS BEEN MY MISSION IN

THE MILITARY.

I NOW BAPTIZE YOU IN THE

NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON,

AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

[CHEERING]

[APPLAUSE]

Reporter: AND SO BROKEN

MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN

SO MUCH ARRIVE IN ALASKA NOT

KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT AND

LEAVE HERE TRANSFORMED BY

THE HEALING POWER OF GOD.

Lori: WHAT A GREAT

STORY.

THAT IS JUST SO

HEART-WARMING.

WE NEED TO DO AS MUCH AS WE

CAN FOR SERVICEMEN AND

WOMEN.

THEY GIVE SO MUCH.

Mark: AND THEIR

SPOUSES, TOO.

GOD IS DOING AMAZING THINGS

AT SAMARITAN LODGE ALASKA.

IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE

OUT THERE.

HE IS CHANGING LIVES.

UP NEXT, WHY HEAVY GUNFIRE

DID NOT STOP THIS NAVY

CORPSMAN FROM PUTTING HIS

LIFE ON THE LINE FOR HIS

FELLOW MAN.

Lori: ONE OF THE

HIGHEST WAYS TO HONOR

BRAVERY IN COMBAT IS THE

AWARDING OF THE BRONZE

STAR.

Mark: A NAVY CORPSMAN

FROM WASHINGTON STATE

RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS

AWARD DAY FOR HIS HEROIC

ACTIONS WHILE SERVING IN

AFGHANISTAN.

HUSBAND AND FATHER OF TWO,

MICHAEL MARCHAND, RISKED HIS

OWN LIFE TO RESCUE A SOLDIER

FROM GEORGIA.

HE STEPPED ON A MINE.

HE USED HIS OWN BODY TO

SHIELD THE MAN FROM BULLETS,

LANDING ONLY INCHES AWAY.

I WAS JUST DOING MY JOB.

AND I KNOW THAT ANY OTHER

CORPSMAN OUT THERE WOULD

HAVE DONE THE SAME THING I

DID.

WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT

HAPPENS, YOU FALL BACK TO

YOUR TRAINING AND DO WHAT

YOU WERE TAUGHT TO DO.

Mark: COURAGE IN

ACTION, THIS WAS NOT AN

ISOLATED INCIDENT.

THE NAVY REPORTS MICHAEL WAS

ALSO DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE

FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF 14

OTHER GEORGIAN SOLDIERS.

NOT EVEN U.S. SOLDIERS, BUT

SOLDIERS FROM ANOTHER

COUNTRY.

HE PUT HIS LIFE ON THE

LINE.

Lori: HE IS SUCH A HERO

AND HE IS HUMBLE AS WELL.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TITLE WE

HAVE FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

Mark: YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

AT NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

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