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Helping Israeli Veterans Suffering from PTSD

The Fellowship's and its faithful friends help the people of Israel in so many ways. But one of the groups with the most need includes those who have sacrificed so much to protect the Jewish state. NBC News' Paul Goldman reports on a Fellowship-funded program that helps Israeli veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder:

Gabi Ziv fidgets intensely while describing that day eight years ago when his platoon came under fire from Hamas in Gaza.

The scene around the 28-year-old could hardly be more different to the horror he's recounting. Ziv unearths harrowing memories — the RPG slamming into the room he was hiding in, shrapnel ripping through his body, his friends dying — as he sits aboard a sailboat skimming the Mediterranean's azure waters.

"Here on the ship it is the only place where I can get rid of the post-trauma," he said, his soft voice stopping and starting. "I feel peace and calm on board, and I found great new friends."

The unemployed former soldier is part of a program called "The Boat Is Sailing" aimed at helping Israeli veterans suffering from PTSD...

Sailing allows patients to identify, understand and gain control over their symptoms, according to the program's supporters and sponsors — Israel's Defense Ministry, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and Etgarim, Israel's association for the disabled.

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