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Meeting Monday October 25, 7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church 325 W. McCarty LN San Marcos, TX

Masks are Encouraged

* Welcome: 
 Ruby Oakes

* Opening Prayer:  Roy Fields

* Pledge of Allegiance

* Welcome Newcomers 

* Presentation:  J. D. Elshoff, "My Journey"  (See bio below)

*Presentation of Module I -- Characteristics of a Military Culture: Brother Paul and Brother Jim

* Discussion of Veterans Day Parade:  Brother Jim

* Wrap up and Discussion of Needs:  Brother Paul

* Closing Prayer:  James Bryant, Jr.


J. D. Elshoff  -- My Journey

* Served in U.S. Marine Corps, 1964 - 1968 including 13 month tour in Marine Reconnaissance, Vietnam

* Jump School with 24 jumps

* Scuba School -- Disassembled explosives on the Quang Tri Bridge

* Discharged as Sargent, E-5.  Currently serving as CWO, Chaplain Corps, Texas National Guard

* PTSD -- extreme anger, I would break everything; got into Karate and continued to punch and kick; spent the next 15 years going from job to job and girlfriend to girlfriend; married and divorced due to anger.

* Did accomplish some things but no peace;  Completed B.A. at the University of Iowa and Juris Doctorate in San Diego .

* Moved to Montana in 1983; found the right VA Counselor, got 40 weeks of counseling, met with other Vietnam vets (we laughed, cried, dumped, without medication); met my wife, Margo; passed the bar in 1985; practiced law for 30 years and served as a Justice of the Peace.

 *Along the way I found Aikido (a martial art which emphasizes peace)

* Pastored in four churches, ministered on Walk to Emmaus for at least 50 weekends. Also did one Kairos group and three Bridges to Life weekends for prisoners.

* Currently teaching Sunday School at Brookdale North


Questions?  Explore website or call Lanning (512) 216-9519 or Buntyn (512) 787-0992 


Contact Information  
Veterans Patrol
325 W. McCarty Lane
Mail: 329 Veramendi
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Phone (512) 216-9519


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