Support IDF Soldiers - Help Them Get the Equipment They Need
Organized by: Paul Faust
IDF UNIT Equipment Project: While traveling in Israel at the end of this summer I had the opportunity to travel up near the border and meet with a combat engineering unit from the 603rd Battalion of the IDF. They played a major role in last year’s operation “Protective Edge” and destroyed 6 of the border-crossing tunnels. I decided that I would “adopt” this platoon and asked one of the commanders how I could help. He told me that he would like to get all of the men in his platoon a good tactical gear vest. I told him that I would take this project on and make it happen. I returned to the states and began working to raise the money to get these vests.Once I started the project for this unit….the ball started rolling faster than I could keep up.
I connected directly with the founder of Agilite which is the Israeli company (vests are made in Israel) who manufacters the vests. They also supply fleece jackets that the soldiers also request. I speak almost daily with him to coordinate efforts. He is extremely supportive of what we are doing.
He gets contacted daily by soldiers who want/need vests but can’t raise the funds. Through direct connections and referrals I have also been contacted by many units who need support. I figured if I can help one unit...why not keep going and help more.
While there are a number of great charity organizations supporting the IDF such as the FIDF…I like direct support. I like to know exactly who and where my support is going. 100% of any donations made will be used to provide these tactical vests and other supplies for IDF soldiers. With each unit I have direct connection to a commander or soldier in the unit and coordinate everything with them. The donations go specifically to these men.
Each vests cost approximately $330.00. They vary slightly depending on the type of job the soldier does.
Other main item is a fleece jacket which we get an over 50% discount on. The cost is $38.00 per jacket.
I set up a group on Facebook called “Support an IDF Unit” which I used last year to help support a unit of the Golani Brigade. This will be the main page for information until I build a full scale website. If you have any questions, would like to help support this project or know anyone else who would like to please get in contact with me at email@example.com or on my cell at 917-200-0000. People do not need to donate enough for a vest or jacket. ANY donation is helpful as they all add up.
As this project grows we will also be providing other necessary equipment/supplies to units based on needs. Some of the other requested items are flashlights, tactical knee pads, camelbacks and other clothing for cold weather.