When life crumbles before us, we have two options: to give in to heartache or to find strength within ourselves to persevere.
Many of the soldiers who fight for our freedom come from families affected by acts of terrorism. Consider how much strength it takes to overcome your pain and protect others from terrorists like the ones who harmed your family. Though these people’s lives are full of pain, difficulty, and sorrow because of terrorists, they persevere to save others from the same fate. The strength of these individuals is immeasurable.
As an organization, we support both victims of terrorism and IDF soldiers. It inspires us to hear about victims who find the strength to enlist in the army and fight to thwart terrorist acts. These children of God suffer from post-traumatic stress and face endless rehabilitation challenges, but continue to serve and protect our country.
Hadar* is one such outstanding and brave soldier who recently received financial aid from VFI for Passover. In 2016, when she was only 13, Hadar was seriously injured in an act of terrorism. Her family was driving in Har Khevron when a vehicle passed them on the road and opened fire at them. Her father was killed on the spot, and her mother and brother were seriously injured. Hadar managed to pull her parents out of the vehicle and seek help.
As the daughter of a bereaved family, she needed a signed permit from her mother to join the IDF. Though her mother suffered a serious head injury and extensive rehabilitation, she signed without any hesitation because "the army is a part of our lives." The strong value of defending the homeland has seeped deep into Hadar, who serves with courage, heroism, and excellence.
As part of her military service, Hadar chose the position of thwarting terrorist acts in Judea and Samaria. "For me, my job is to watch over my home. I'm sure Dad smiles from ear to ear and is very proud of me," Hadar said.
This is an inspiring example of a young girl who managed to find strength in times of darkness and grow from the crisis she experienced. We are proud of her, salute her, and are very happy to support her and her family. It is people like Hadar who inspire us to continue doing what we do. Our work can impact those who have suffered the most, and because of that, we will never stop striving to fulfill our mission.
*Name has been changed.