American women war veterans visit Israel for spiritual healing

"Every day is a battle both physically and mentally. Jerusalem has given me a sense of purpose." says Iraq War vet.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
October 20, 2017 04:56
Rocio Villanueva, 31, of Escondido, California (second from the right), joins hands with other US wo

Rocio Villanueva, 31, of Escondido, California (second from the right), joins hands with other US women veterans prior to being baptized in the Jordan River. (photo credit: COURTESY HEROES TO HEROES)

 
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