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Healing Greets Veterans at 'Welcome Home' Doors

Though suicides among active-duty military troops dropped last year, the amount of reserve soldier suicides is still going up. One man's mission to help veterans heal from their past starts with one prayer at a time. Read Transcript


Reporter: BEFORE

BECOMING A PRIEST, NIGEL

SPENT SEVEN YEARS AS A DRILL

INSTRUCTOR FOR ENGLAND'S

ROYAL MARINE CORPS.

HIS MILITARY SERVICE

INCLUDED COMBAT, WHERE HE

EXPERIENCED THE HORRORS OF

WAR UP CLOSE.

I WAS SHOT AT THREE

TIMES, BLOW BLOWN UP FIVE

TIMES.

AND WOUNDED IN THE HEAD.

THE BIGGEST FEAR I HAD AS A

DRILL INSTRUCTOR IS ONE OF

THE GUYS I WAS TAKING

THROUGH BASIC WOULD DIE, AND

THEN FOUR OF THEM DID.

AND THAT AFFECTED ME VERY

BADLY.

I COULDN'T SPEAK FOR WEEKS.

WITH FULL-BLOWN SHELL

SHOCK.

THERE WERE MANY TRIGGERS, A

CAR WOULD BACKFIRE, AND I

WOULD HIT THE DECK AND ROLL

OVER WITH AN IMAGINARY GUN

IN MY HAND.

Reporter: THAT ALL

CHANGED WHEN HE RECEIVED

HEALING THROUGH A SPIRITUAL

EXPERIENCE.

I WAS SUDDENLY BACK ON

THE STREET, AND GOD REALLY

DID SOMETHING WITH ME.

AND BROUGHT THE MEMORY BACK,

BUT WITH CHRIST IN THE

MEMORY.

THAT WAS THE DEFINING

MOMENTMENT.

Reporter: AFTER

RETURNING FROM WAR IN IRAQ

AND AFGHANISTAN, U.S.

MILITARY PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN

KILLING THEMSELVES IN

ALARMING NUMBERS.

AN ESTIMATED 22 VETS COMMIT

SUICIDE EVERY DAY.

PSYCHIATRISTS BLAME THE

SUICIDES ON POST-TRAUMATIC

STRESS ORDER, OR PTSD.

THIS PROJECT IS AN INTENSE

THREE-DAY RETREAT FOR COMBAT

VETERANS WHO SUFFER FROM

PTSD.

IT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE

THEM A SAFE PLACE THAT CAN

BEGIN A HEALING PROCESS.

WE DON'T CONDEMN.

WE DON'T CONDONE.

WE LISTEN AS CHRIST WOULD

LISTEN.

WE INVITE CHRIST INTO THE

MEMORIES.

WHAT WE'RE DOING IS

REPLAYING THE D.V.D. IN

THEIR MIND, AND AT SOME

POINT STOPPING AND PUSHING

THE PAUSE BUTTON, AND HAVING

THEM LOOK AROUND FOR

CHRIST.

WHERE IS CHRIST IN THIS

MEMORY?

AND THAT IS THE KEY TO

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE FROM

MEMORIES THAT HAUNT.

AND THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE

BEEN HAUNTED.

Reporter: OF THE TWO

MILLION VETERANS FROM IRAQ

AND AFGHANISTAN, ESTIMATES

ARE 300,000 MAY SILENTLY

SUFFER FROM PTSD.

IF WE CAN SAVE ONE LIFE

OR HUNDREDS OF LIVES WITH

THIS MINISTRY, BRINGING

CHRIST INTO THAT WOUND,

KNOWING THAT MEMORIES CAN BE

HEALED.

THAT'S THE KEY.

Reporter: A KEY GOAL

WAS HELPING VETS DEAL WITH

THE MEMORY AND PAIN OF

TAKING A HUMAN LIFE.

GOD TOLD ME TO IGNITE THE

TRIGGER FINGER OF THIS MAN

WHO WAS A SNIPER, AND TO

ACTUALLY PUT OIL ON THE

FINGER AND SET THAT TRIGGER

FINGER FREE.

THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR, THE

10 COMMANDMENTS, THAW SHALL

NOT KILL.

AND THAT IS THOU SHALT NOT

COMMIT MURDER.

BUT IN ECCLESIASTES, THERE

IS A TIME TO KILL.

I RELEASED THIS FINGER

FOR WHAT IT HAD TO DO.

[SOBBING]

THANK YOU, JESUS.

THANK YOU FOR RELEASING THIS

RIGHT NOW.

IT IS FINISHED NOW.

IT IS FINISHED.

WELCOME HOME.

WELCOME HOME.

Reporter: JOE LONGED TO

BE FREE FROM TORMENTING

THOUGHTS FOLLOWING HIS

SERVICE IN VIETNAM.

HE SAYS HELP FROM

GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED

PROGRAMS ONLY LASTED A SHORT

TIME, SO HE DIDN'T PUT MUCH

FAITH IN THE "WELCOME HOME"

INITIATIVE.

WHEN I WENT, HONESTLY, MY

THOUGHTS ABOUT IT WAS, THIS

IS ANOTHER ONE OF THEM DEALS

WHERE I'M GOING TO GO TO

ANOTHER PROGRAM AND I'M

GOING TO LEAVE THERE JUST

LIKE I GOT THERE.

I MIGHT FEEL BETTER

SURFACELY, FOR A DAY OR TWO,

AND THEN SAME OLD, SAME

OLD.

YOU KNOW?

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I'VE

EXPERIENCED OUT OF ALL OF

THOSE COPING STUFF.

Reporter: THIS TIME

AROUND, HE SAYS, SOMETHING

CLICKED.

THERE IS A GENERAL PEACE

ABOUT THE SITUATION THAT WAS

NEVER THERE BEFORE.

AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE

ANYBODY.

AND I THINK GOD CAN REALLY,

HONESTLY USE THIS TO SHOW A

PERSON HIS REALNESS.

BECAUSE IF YOU STRUGGLEç WITH

THIS THING FOR 40 YEARS, AND

YOU SEE IT TAKEN CARE OF,

ANY PART OF IT AT ALL, U

MEAN, I MEAN, YOU'VE GOT TO

SEE GOD IN IT.

YOU CAN PROVIDE

PHYSICALLY AND NURTURE AND

EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT IF YOU

DON'T HAVE A SPIRITUAL

BACKGROUND TO REALLY HELP

PEOPLE, AND HAVE THE LORD

JUST COME IN AND REALLY

MINISTER GRAPHICALLY TO

THESE PEOPLE, THEN IT'S ONLYç

REALLY A PATCH JOB.

Reporter: MUMFORD HOPES

TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM

THROUGH CHURCHES AND OTHER

ORGANIZATIONS.

D.V.D. TEACHINGS ARE

AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS TO USE,

WITH THE HOPE THAT COMBAT

VETERANS CAN FIND THE

HEALING AND FREEDOM THEY

DESPERATELY NEED AND SO

RIGHTFULLY DESERVE.

IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE HOLDING A

SOUL IN YOUR HAND FOR A

MOMENT, AND YOU'RE JUST

SEEING THAT PERSON MELT AND

COME BACK TO REALITY.

Reporter: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

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