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Wounded Israeli & American Soldiers Heal Through Fellowship

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A growing number of Israeli soldiers are banding together in the United States to tackle PTSD — using each other as a bridge to do so. The brotherhood that exists among veterans is a bond like no other. Initiatives and groups from the East to West Coasts are bringing Israeli and American soldiers together in an attempt to heal through fellowship.

Wounded Israeli & American Soldiers Heal Through Fellowship

  1. 1. Wounded Israeli & American Soldiers Heal Through Fellowship Jeff Greenstein
  2. 2. A growing number of Israeli soldiers are banding together in the United States to tackle PTSD — using each other as a bridge to do so. The brotherhood that exists among veterans is a bond like no other.
  3. 3. Initiatives and groups from the East to West Coasts are bringing Israeli and American soldiers together in an attempt to heal through fellowship.
  4. 4. Co-founder and Executive Director of Brothers for Life, Rabbi Chaim Levine believes that no one can impact the life of a soldier more deeply than another soldier.
  5. 5. Brothers for Life’s popularity has brought group sessions in cities across the U.S., from Boston to San Francisco to Washington.
  6. 6. Upon experiencing one of the sessions, Chris Brown, former U.S. Marine, founded a soldier-to-soldier peer program where veterans help one another.
  7. 7. “I think the example that the Israelis set is probably one of the most beneficial things that U.S. veterans can get because in Israeli culture it seems to be a lot easier to share your story and to articulate the struggle that you have.” - Chris Brown, former U.S Marine
  8. 8. In New York City, with Belev Echad (One Heart in Hebrew) Org, groups of wounded vets travel to NYC to reminisce, visit sites like the Statue of Liberty, and tell stories of their lives in battle and after. Belev Echad has been bringing wounded members of the Israel Defense Forces to New York City since 2009.
  9. 9. The tour is sponsored by Chabad’s Upper East Side Israeli community and was attended by 60 alumni and supporters this year. Supporters include community members who help alumni acquire computers for school and financial for durable goods, including prosthetic limbs.
  10. 10. Director of the Chabad Center, Rabbi Uriel Vigler, thinks events like these are a powerful way to bring a community together.
  11. 11. The organization runs group sessions where American and Israeli soldiers spend time together — anywhere from a few hours to a week. Icebreakers include different sports events that provide a way for veterans to open up.
  12. 12. Every day, vets return with physical, mental, and emotional challenges that can affect every aspect of their lives, but if the successes of these organization is any indication, fellowship appears to be the greatest enemy against PTSD.
  13. 13. Read Full Article On www.GreensteinFamilyFoundation.org

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