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Former captive IDF soldiers will be considered disabled veterans and receive state rehabilitation benefits if a bill heading to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday becomes law.
The bill proposed by Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev would consider every IDF soldier who was captured to be at least 20% disabled. If the former captive dies from one of the illnesses listed in the bill, the soldier would be classified as killed in action.
“Recent research shows that captivity exposes a person to an extreme level of repeated pressures... defined as complex post-traumatic stress disorder,” the bill’s explanatory notes read. “Research shows that former captives have a greater risk of disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, skin diseases, allergies, cancer and aneurysms.”
The bill adds, “Returned captives paid with their bodies and souls for the security of the state and its existence, and the state has the responsibility to help with their rehabilitation and welfare.”