Arm Them With Extended Family:
How We Support Lone Soldiers
Lone Soldiers are the determined young men and women from all over the world who choose to leave the comfort of their homes and families to become proud IDF soldiers. While most soldiers are able to lean on their loved ones, Lone Soldiers have no immediate family in Israel, or a warm and loving household to come home to. FIDF’s Lone Soldier programs support these most deserving pioneers – Israel’s best ambassadors – by helping them with the various challenges they face during their journey.
Support includes Lone Soldier housing, mentoring, a 24-hour call center, financial grants, flights to visit their families abroad, Shabbat meals, holiday gift packages, social gatherings, and so much more. Lone Soldiers may be far away from the warmth of home, but they know that the FIDF family is by their side every day.
“There is nothing easy about the decision one makes to go to Israel and serve as a Lone Soldier. We leave our families, our friends and our homes. We must learn a new way of life and a new language. And while we may be called Lone Soldiers, FIDF makes sure we are never truly alone. For holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Pesach, when I open a gift card or a beautifully wrapped package from FIDF, I feel blessed that this organization appreciates my efforts as a soldier and truly cares about us.”
Lt. Eric, IDF Lone Soldier