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The Defense Ministry on Sunday announced the establishment of a fast track to obtaining immediate recognition as an IDF disabled veteran eligible to tax breaks and other financial benefits.
It has posted a form on the disabled veteran Web site - www.shikum.mod.gov.il - that soldiers who were wounded during the war can fill out in preparation for the medical board that will determine their handicap level and their resulting benefits. Four hundred and fifty soldiers and reservists have already filled out the form and have started to receive financial assistance.
In the form, the soldiers are asked to list the wounds they incurred during the war and the costs starting with loss in salary to reimbursement in travel.
"The fast track will grant the disabled immediate recognition," said Brig.-Gen. Roni Morano, head of the Disabled Veteran Department, adding that the new process would also spare soldiers from having to hire lawyers to represent them in dealings with the ministry and the medical boards that determine their handicap level.
Morano said the department was also gearing up to assist the soldiers throughout the process by providing them not only with logistic but also emotional and mental support.
"We are aware of the difficulties the wounded face," he said. "Pain, frustration, anxiety and endless thoughts about the future."