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1 in 5 IDF Soldiers Entitled to Financial Assistance

Rabbi Eckstein with an adopted IDF battalion (Photo: Oren Nahshon)

Thousands of lone soldiers - those who have no family in Israel - serve in the IDF. So, too, do many more from impoverished families, as well as those who work outside jobs while serving in order to support their families. Israel Hayom's Lilach Shoval reports that these defenders of the Holy Land are entitled to aid, much of which comes from The Fellowship and our faithful supporters:

Twenty percent of soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces are in need of financial assistance, says data from the IDF published on Tuesday.

According to IDF numbers, some 6,700 lone soldiers -- servicemen and women without immediate family in Israel, who are entitled to housing stipends and other benefits -- currently serve in the military. Some 3,500 soldiers are entitled to a family support stipend, while approximately 29,000 receive other types of financial assistance. An additional 20,000 soldiers who serve on open bases have jobs outside their military commitments.

"These figures show how the IDF, as the people's army, mirrors Israeli society. Young men and women from all over the country and all sectors of the population enlist," IDF officials said...

Options for financial assistance include finding long-term grants for soldiers in immediate financial distress; one-time "immediate" grants, which are allotted at the discretion of an army social worker; coupons that are distributed by officers and battalion commanders as the need arises; a financial assistance fund supported by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which provides soldiers in need with gift certificates and basic goods; and monthly food parcels granted to lone soldiers or who are entitled to family support stipends...

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