Wilkins helps veterans fight the war after the war

“Day of Discovery” offers hope to veterans and loved ones

May. 19, 2010 By Jenna Bartlo

Many war veterans suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after completing their military tours. Often, returning veterans come home only to fight wars within themselves and are left with no hope. For many, it is an ongoing personal struggle that continues after the war is over.

Biola University professor of New Testament and dean of faculty for Talbot School of Theology, Michael J. Wilkins is appearing on the television show “Day of Discovery” offering hope to veterans and their loved ones through his personal testimony. Wilkins will take veterans on a journey this week prior to Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, sharing how he has discovered peace to the war he fights within himself.

As Vietnam War veterans themselves, Wilkins and marine veteran Phil Downer will share their experiences from the first military tours of duty on the front lines of battle. The show, filmed in Vietnam, will display the personal struggles they fought during the battle and the haunting memories that still continue to linger.

“Day of Discovery” airs on Ion TV Sundays at 7:30 a.m. Listings of local station air times can be found by visiting http://www.dod.org. The series will attempt to bring encouragement to veterans and their families through testimonies of those whose lives have been drastically changed by the war and have found hope.

Following is the schedule for the program series “The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-traumatic Stress” that features Michael Wilkins:

Sunday, May 23
The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-traumatic Stress, Part I

Sunday, May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend)
The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-traumatic Stress, Part II

Sunday, June 6
The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-traumatic Stress, Part III

Sunday, June 13
The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-traumatic Stress, Part IV

Written by George Garcia, Media Relations Intern. Jenna Bartlo can be reached at (562) 777.4061 or through email at


  • Aaron Huffman Aug. 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    This article really touched me. I am a Marine combat Veteran and have felt led to Biola for some time now. I hope to pursue a degree in Biblical Studies and would love to talk with Mr. Wilkins at some point about his journey.

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