A Life Changing Experience for a Long Island Supporter

During Stuart Abo’s last trip to Israel, he chose to travel a bit off the beaten path and, instead of just exploring the land of Israel, to meet the men and women who protect it. On May 12th, he joined an IDF base visit to a Givati Brigade base in the Golan Heights, where soldiers enthusiastically greeted him and gave him a tour of their base. 

He was even introduced to one of the base’s American Lone Soldiers, who went out of his way to show him the base’s equipment and weapons, explaining the purposes of each.

The soldiers then took him to a lookout post so that he could gain a comprehensive understanding of the region. After having lunch with the unit, and right before he was scheduled to leave the base, one soldier on patrol requested to meet Stuart. 

Stuart recalls: “He gave me his personal Givati T-shirt and winter neck warmer as a token of appreciation that I came from America and made a special trip to see the base. I cried when he gave me these items. I treasure them immensely.”

Since returning to the US, Stuart has become an active advocate for the soldiers of the IDF, proudly marching alongside FIDF in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, and carrying the flag of the Givati Brigade. 

Stuart reflects, “my day with the soldiers in the Golan Heights has changed my life forever.” Thank you Stuart for your support of the brave men and women in uniform!

If you are interested in visiting an IDF base on an upcoming trip to Israel, please contact Debbie Sason at Deborah.Sason@fidf.org or 646-274-9661.

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