Monday, February 26, 2018

If you think work on PTSD is new, it isn't

A veteran returned to Seattle and became a police officer. He noticed more and more veterans being arrested, and then started to listen to them. He heard the same heartbreaking stories. 

Then he decided to meet them in a coffee shop so they could talk longer. He decided to change the conversation from what was wrong in their lives, to how to make them better.

Not long after that, he started to work with their families. He brought in more veterans and their families, so that more healing could happen. And it worked.

The veteran did not come home from Iraq. He did not come home from Afghanistan. No, it wasn't during the Gulf war. That veteran came home from Vietnam and the year this veteran decided to change the conversation, was 1984!

Point Man International Ministries
Since 1984, when Seattle Police Officer and Vietnam Veteran Bill Landreth noticed he was arresting the same people each night, he discovered most were Vietnam vets like himself that just never seemed to have quite made it home. He began to meet with them in coffee shops and on a regular basis for fellowship and prayer. Soon, Point Man Ministries was conceived and became a staple of the Seattle area. Bills untimely death soon after put the future of Point Man in jeopardy.

However, Chuck Dean, publisher of a Veterans self help newspaper, Reveille, had a vision for the ministry and developed it into a system of small groups across the USA for the purpose of mutual support and fellowship. These groups are known as Outposts. Worldwide there are hundreds of Outposts and Homefront groups serving the families of veterans.

PMIM is run by veterans from all conflicts, nationalities and backgrounds. Although, the primary focus of Point Man has always been to offer spiritual healing from PTSD, Point Man today is involved in group meetings, publishing, hospital visits, conferences, supplying speakers for churches and veteran groups, welcome home projects and community support. Just about any where there are Vets there is a Point Man presence. All services offered by Point Man are free of charge.
And another Vietnam veteran is President of PMIM. So, while all of the online news may seem to be "new news" now you know it isn't. 

YOUTH DAY EVENT
ON
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 FROM 12PM – 3PM
SPONSORED AT
HOLIDAY COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
via POINTMAN INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES
2 Free Hot Dogs and 1 Soda

AT 5144 SUNRAY DRIVE, HOLIDAY, FLORIDA 34690       
All Veterans, Children and        
 Community are invited.
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PLEASE DON’T MISS OUT 
 MEETING AND SEEING THE
 FOLLOWING;


Christian Karate Club Exhibition;                              Christian Hot Rod Assoc. Exhibition Suncoast Credit Union                                                                                     Holiday’s Veteran’s Alternatives
US Marine Corps and 2 trucks, etc.                            Gideon's International
A Mobile Dental Unit                                                       Racing 4 Veterans on Exhibit
Local Marine Corp League                                            Chick-Fil-A
A Model Car Center by HCFC Members                   Local Fire Dept. #12
Pasco County Sheriff Dept.                                           Supporting Motorcycle Organizations           
Light House of Faith, Hudson Beach                       ACCESS for Education/Finance Infor.

For more information: Please contact Rev. Ernie Bullock at 585-727-3331, Don deMeurers 315-491-6235 or Donna Franklin at 727-389-4558;

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