Matan – An explosive device went off next to Matan in Gaza and his left leg had to be amputated. Later Matan suffered a severe stroke. The Dror Foundation provided Matan with $11,574 to build an elevator to enhance his quality of life and allow him to visit his family upstairs.
Ben – As part of Gaza’s “Cast Lead” Operation, Ben sustained a serious brain injury, his right hand was blown off and he had extreme blood loss. The Ministry of Defense built a specialized living space next to Ben’s family home and the Dror Foundation provided $12,000 to purchase equipment not covered by the MOD, such as a hydrotherapy pool, a wheelchair ramp and other furnishings.
Ran – He served in the paratroopers unit and was severely injured in January of 2009 on the last day of Operation Cast Lead, two months before he was scheduled to be released from the army. He lost his left leg in an explosion, severely injured his right leg, and was wounded in almost every part of his body. Ran was released from Tel Hashomer hospital and goes for rehabilitation treatments, where he is learning to walk with an artificial leg. His medical category does not entitle him to the full benefits which he requires due to his condition so the Dror Foundation distributed $1,687 to assist him complete the recognition process and to get his category accurately classified.
Itzik – He was injured during the Second Lebanon War, when a missile fell on the vehicle he was driving. He suffered from injuries from the shrapnel and severe burns in his lower extremities. The foundation assisted Itzik with a photography course ($2,775) to help him with his emotional healing process along with helping him to get back into the workforce as a photographer.
Natanel – He suffers from complications due to a burst of his intestines, caused by food poisoning at his base.
The complications resulted in infections and his organs collapsing.
Natanel needs a surgery to close the lining of his stomach. The cost of this procedure is $10,000.
Omer – He was injured in 2008 by friendly fire while serving in the Golani Unit. A bullet was fired at his leg, leaving him with one leg shorter than the other and severe back pain. Omer is in rehab and also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Omer cannot use public transportation and needs some help to cover car expenses and fees relating to his injury recognition, The Foundation awarded Omer with $4,696 in early 2011. At that point Omer sent us a letter saying:
“You folks are amazing and I wish you all the best in the world.”
Yarden – She served in the Karakal unit of the IDF. While in her basic army training, Yarden experienced difficulty standing and had a loss of sensation in her legs. The situation worsened to the point of paralysis in the lower body.
In January 2009 the Dror Foundation transferred $4,000 to assist Yarden with her injury recognition process.
Tal – A 28-year-old staff sergeant from Ramat Gan. He served in the elite Duvdevan unit. In 2001, Tal was on a military operation in Nablus to arrest a wanted terrorist when he fell and ruptured several discs in his back. After the injury, Tal began studying towards his Bachelor’s degree but had to stop due to financial difficulties. In February 2009, the Dror Foundation distributed $2,500 to Tal so that he could complete his studies. Tal still suffers from many back and other related complications from the injury. In late 2010, Tal received $3,650 to allow Tal to complete his injury’s recognition process.
Michael – He was a 22-year-old corporal when he was injured on August 8, 2006 in the Second Lebanon War, when a missile launched by Hezbollah terrorists landed on his tank. He received shrapnel wounds to his arm and sustained numerous other injuries. Doctors were hesitant to remove the shrapnel out of fear that this will damage his arm. He is forbidden from lifting heavy objects and from doing physical activity. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2009, the Dror Foundation transferred $1,400 to Michael to commence studying, in 2010, an additional $4,000 was transferred to continue his studies. Later that year $2,500 was awarded for a medical evaluation as part of his injury recognition process to determine whether the shrapnel could be removed from his arm.
Dmitry – A 35-years-old paratrooper reservist who was injured in his lungs, stomach, shoulder and leg. Dmitry was unable to return to being a massage therapist so he pursued a new profession by taking a Nutrition Science program at the Yehuda and Shomron University. The Dror Foundation awarded Dmitry in 2009 with $5,350 to help him with his rent payments, school tuition for his six year old son and help cover ongoing post-traumatic stress treatments and an additional payment of $1,250 was awarded in 2011 for heating and other ongoing expenses. Total provided to date: $6,600 In December 27, 2009 Dmitry wrote: “From the depth of my heart, I want to thank you for your help. Today I am completely dependent of the Ministry of Defense. Unfortunately it’s not as good as it seems, but I don’t give up and continue with my life as best as I can. I want to thank to all people who gave money to me and my friends”
Izzy – He lost his dominant arm during Operation Cast Lead on the Gaza border on January 8th, 2009. Izzy returned to combat with one arm, and is currently in the Special Forces Reserve Unit 697. Dror for the Wounded assisted Izzy with a writing tutor, transportation for reserve duty, and additional financial assistance.
Snir – A 21-year-old sergeant in the combat engineering unit of the IDF. On a weekend off from his base, Snir was attacked and sustained a severe head injury. Since the injury Snir underwent surgery three times. He still suffers from numerous mental and physical difficulties. Snir goes back and forth to Tel Hashomer Hospital for treatments and his out-of-pocket is high as no reimbursement is being provided. In October 2009, the Dror Foundation distributed $1,662 to Snir so that he could successfully complete a process for his injury to be fully recognized. In 2011 the Dror for the Wounded helped with an additional $1,359 for a laptop to ease Snir’s long commute time to treatments.
Yinon – He was wounded in 2003 by an RPG rocket when serving in the Golani Unit. He lost both of his legs below the knee. In 2014, DFW gave Yinon $48,000 towards custom prosthetic legs. He can now walk, bike, and run!
Daniel – He was wounded from a fire within his tank in October 2013. He suffered severe burns, some loss of eyesight, and respiratory trouble. DFW reimbursed him for legal representation in order to receive the proper care for his injury.
Evyatar – In July 2009, the Dror Foundation transferred $4,450 to Evyatar to assist his injury to become properly recognized. In December 2009, the Foundation transferred another $2,000 to Evyatar to allow him to begun studying so that he can get his life back on track. In 2010 an additional $5,000 were transferred. Evyatar required additional funds until the recognition process is completed otherwise, he will have to drop out of school and find a job so he can pay for his daily expenses.
Ron – He was wounded in Operation Protective Edge while leaving Gaza after being in Chan Yuns. Five of Ron’s friends from his platoon were killed in the blast, and he was injured in his right leg. The doctors had to amputate it under the knee. He suffers shrapnel injuries to his eye and ear. Dror for the Wounded assisted Ron and his family to renovate his room and bathroom to accommodate his injuries.
Eran – He was wounded in Operation Protective Edge when a bomb fell next to him and killed 4 of his friend in his unit. He was wounded in his leg and eye, and underwent many surgeries. In November 2014, Dror for the Wounded helped Eran cope with this tragedy with helping him follow his passion for music. DFW granted Eran $3,000 in DJ equipment.
Lee – She was wounded in a vehicular terrorist attack on March 2015 during Purim while she was on duty. She was wounded in her legs, jaw, and head. The Dror for the Wounded Foundation gave Lee a laptop to help her focus on her studies and help her pass the time during her long months of being in the hospital and rehab.
Yehuda – He was severely wounded in Operation Protective Edge when shrapnel hit his brain. Due to the injury, he had to have half of his brain removed. In June 2014, Yehuda had a skull transplant which helped him a little bit. Yehuda has a wife, and 2 small children. After 15 months in the hospital with intense rehabilitation and support Yehuda was able to nod “yes” and “no.” The Dror for the Wounded Foundation assisted him with extra alternative treatments to make sure his journey to recovery is more comfortable.
Ogen – He was injured three times during his military service. The most severe was when he fell onto a wooden spike in a training accident, severely damaging his back. DFW paid for Ogen to be fitted with the IDEO Exosym brace that is anti- shock, allowing Ogen to walk and run pain free. Ogen ran for the first time in 20 years thanks to this brace.
Limor – She was severely injured in a suicide attack at the Megiddo Junction on the way back to base in 2002. The doctors manages to save her right leg but she has suffered immensely from pain over the past 14 years. DFW paid for Limor to be fitted with the revolutionary IDEO Exosym that allows her to walk and run, pain free.
Dor – He was severely wounded when shot at by terrorists while guarding in a Pill box during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He sustained many injuries, and currently still has a bullet lodged at the base of his skull. DFW assisted Dor with eye care and helped Dor buy a new bed that would support his neck to avoid further injury.
Yair – He served in the Paratroopers unit and was wounded in 1982, and had to have his right leg amputated. The prosthetic he received from the Ministry of Defense made it impossible for him to run. Prior to his injury Yair ran in the first Tel Aviv Marathon in 1981 and was very active. In 2017, the Dror for the Wounded Foundation granted Yair with a new prosthetic and he was able to run for the first time in 35 years!