Inside Crossroads Christian Church, members of nonprofit organizations Point Man International Ministries and Home Front of Newburgh-Evansville will stand with open hearts and readied salutes as hundreds of veterans and families are expected to fill the church on Nov. 10. For many soldiers returning from war, a new battle begins as adjusting to normal life often proves difficult. Believing in the power of community support, Point Man and Home Front have teamed up to offer all soldiers — from present and past wars — a day dedicated to them and their service.
Called Freedom Isn’t Free, the tribute begins at 8:30 a.m. with an “eat and greet,” followed by a veterans’ job fair with booths from local businesses such as Old National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and Shoe Carnival. Various workshops and break-out sessions will take place throughout the morning, including presentations from local universities, area professionals, and Chuck Dean, the keynote speaker for the event and publisher of veterans’ self-help newspaper Reveille. Veterans and their families will be given a wealth of knowledge on topics of PTSD, education benefits, and processing claims with the Veterans Administration Mobile Vet Center.
“Point Man and Home Front believe it is the responsibility of our community, not the government, to help transition our service men and women back home from war,” says Elaine Sollars, publicity chairwoman for the event. “It’s veterans helping veterans.”
For more information on Freedom Isn’t Free, see our Guide.