For First Time, IDF Will Fully Fund Soldier University Scholarships

In a move expected to eventually cost 730 million shekels ($190 million) a year, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has officially launched their “Uniform to University” program for Israeli soldiers. The project, initiated by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, will pay for the  academic studies of soldiers upon discharge from the Israeli army.

“This important project helps the Israeli army by encouraging youth to enlist, its soldiers to earn valuable degrees and Israel’s future in ensuring that its citizens can give back to society,” expressed Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA. “LIBI USA is strongly on board to help raise the funds for this important program.”

The first phase of scholarship distribution has begun with combat soldiers, immigrant “lone soldiers”, minorities and underprivileged service members receiving funding. Once it is in full swing, this stage will cost an estimated 230 million shekels ($60 million) a year. With prayers that the funds will be readily raised, the second stage of the program will include all IDF soldiers at an additional cost of 500 million shekels ($130 million) a year, making the yearly total cost 730 million shekels.

The new measure pays for two-thirds of soldiers’ education. The last third will be paid by post-military grants given by the Israeli Department of Defense. These grants have been given since 1949 to help Israeli soldiers pay for some of their college education, wedding expenses, opening a business or buying a home in Israel.

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Chief of staff, Lt.- General Gadi Eizenkot

“Uniform to University” will allow soldiers to use the old grant to fund a third of their education costs. The remaining two-thirds of the costs will be funded through the new scholarship. Thus, in essence, the IDF is fully funding soldier studies.

The scholarships cover the cost of three years of professional or vocational schooling (the usual period of time for Israeli university students to get their degree). Those in longer pro

grams, such as medicine or engineering, will be eligible to receive funding for an additional year. The scholarships can only be used at institutes of higher education recognized by the State of Israel.

In October, the IDF began distributing the full scholarships to about 10,000 soldiers who had enlisted before 2013. By 2020, 40,000 scholarships are expected to be distributed. When full funding has been raised, approximately 120,000 men and women will be granted the award annually.

Recognizing the exponential cost of this program, Eizenkot asked Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to help with the funding of this enormous initiative in order to include non-combat soldiers.

(from right to left) General (res.) Yoram Yair “Yaya”, Minister of Defense Mr. Avigdor Lieberman, Chief of staff, Lt.- General Gadi Eizenkot, Major General Hagi Topolanski head of human resources, Brigadier Gen (res.) Yehiel Gozal Ceo Yahad- united for Israel’s Soldiers, Brigadier Gen Meirav kirshner, Hemda Mark,

“Senior military officers have made this project a top priority,” said Grossman. “Not only will it encourage soldiers to complete their army service, it will also encourage young people to remain in Israel to get their degrees since the students must begin their studies within two years of leaving the army. This will help stem the tide of Israel’s ‘brain drain’.”

This revolutionary social plan approved by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman fulfills a dream set forth by Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. At the project’s launching, Eizenkot reflected on Ben Gurion’s vision stating that the mission of the Israeli army is not only to develop fighters but also to build youth with moral character, cultural awareness and human values.

“The ‘Uniform to University’ program is an outstanding way to show appreciation to Israeli soldiers who give so much to the State of Israel and protect her citizens,” said Grossman. “The more Israeli citizens attain professions, the more they are able to build society and truly reach being the ‘light unto the nations’ that it is meant to be.”

LIBI USA Grateful for Donor Support in Word and Deed Against Rampant Rise in Anti-Semitism

With the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) noting a significant spike in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel tweets this past year and rising anti-Semitism worldwide, LIBI USA, the official fund of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) took time out of their busy schedule raising funds to support Israel’s soldiers to share some of the heartfelt prayers and statements that supporters have sent along with their donations.

“There is no greater or more caring army than that of the IDF,” noted Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA  Bigo Live Latest Version. “And, I will add that those who stand with Israel’s army are also the best and most caring people worldwide who understand the importance of supporting Israel’s soldiers.”

As social media outlets flood the Internet with lies and distortions about Israel and her army, showing support through deeds and donations has never been more important. LIBI USA collects the warm sentiments sent with donations and appreciates each one.

Here is a sampling of comments from LIBI USA donors:

I love Israel and those who defend her!!” Angela P., New Zealand

“Thank you for protecting our country and you make us proud. God Bless Israel”Gene G., California, USA

“Bless Israel and The Jewish People” Linda and Ron S., Arizona, USA

“I love Israel. I pray God protects you and blessed you.” Emily D., Texas, USA

“I love Israel and during my many visits have met many of the brave young men and women in the IDF. May YHWH bless them and watch over them.” David W. L., UK

“In honor of our fallen brothers who fight for freedom and peace.” Howard Y., Pennsylvania, USA

“Willing to help for the struggle of Jews” Matthew P., Australia

“Israel will NEVER be defeated.” Anthony I, New Jersey, USA

“100 % for ISRAEL!” Stephen M., Barbados

“Soldiers protect Israel with God’s help. They keep me safe when I am in Israel.” Sally B., UK

“Wishing their family “Long Life” and they should seek comfort knowing the sacrifice of their loved one was all for Israel” J R C., South Africa

“I love you, you have family who cares, and appreciates what you are doing” Cathy D., Illinois, USA

“Blessing Jews as God told in Genesis 12:3” Dor Sing L., Hong Kong

“L’Shana Tova to our Precious, Loved, Courageous, Selfless IDF Soldiers who serve to protect our Holy Homeland of Israel and Her beloved People. May Hash-m grant you a peaceful, safe, sweet, happy New Year this year and for every year to follow. You are loved, cherished, revered and honoured every day. My daily prayers are with you always. Am Israel Chai ✡” Kelly G., Canada

“Christian brethren who love and care for Israel and Israelis” Philip A., Papua, New Guinea

“We not only appreciate the comments that people send with their donations, we are also grateful and moved when families ask friends to donate to LIBI USA in lieu of gifts for a special occasion,” noted Grossman. “Special funds have been established which recognize Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, and the death of a loved one. Choosing to donate to Israel’s soldiers is like joining prophecy fulfilled. After 2,000 years, the Jewish people once again have their own army. We must keep it strong.”