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IDF Accepts Volunteers with Medical Issues

Pvt. Tali Goft of the IDF (Photo: IDF)

The IDF is not only moral in how it conducts its military operations, but in how it accepts those who will serve, as well. USA Today's Michele Chabin reports on how Israel's military encourages those with medical conditions to volunteer to serve the nation and its people:

Pvt. Tali Goft, an Israeli soldier serving on a base in northern Israel, didn’t know Erez Orbach, one of the four soldiers killed in a truck-ramming attack here Jan. 8, but she felt a kinship with him.

They both volunteered to serve in the military despite medical conditions that ordinarily would exempt them from Israel's mandatory service.

“It was really hard to hear about his death, very emotional. I know what it is to serve with a medical problem, and how difficult it is,” said Goft, 19, who had a benign spinal tumor removed five years ago that left her with neurological damage and chronic pain...

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