Thousands of lone soldiers serving in the
IDF will receive a financial boost this month thanks to an ongoing aid program
sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and the Friends
of the Israel Defense Forces.
Totaling more than $1.6 million (NIS 6.1
million), the program will see gift cards between NIS 400 and NIS 1,000
distributed to the soldiers. The cards can be used in major chain stores in
Israel to purchase food, clothing, shoes and leisure items.
currently 5,516 lone soldiers serving in the IDF, 40 percent of whom are in
combat positions, and every unit in the army has at least one lone soldier.
Nearly 700 soldiers are immigrants from the US; 218 from France; 461 are
Russian; and 270 are from Ukraine. There are also an additional 4,535 people
serving who are considered lone soldiers due to their family situation.