The life of a soldier is anything but easy. Choosing to leave one’s friends and family to serve and defend one's country is a noble but difficult thing. This difficulty is escalated when the country the soldier is defending is seemingly constant turmoil. Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is an organization with the purpose of helping Israeli soldiers and their families in their time of need.
Established in 1981 by a group of holocaust survivors, the FIDF has support programs that range to cover a variety of needs: educational, social, cultural, recreational programs, and bereaved families. One such program is called the Dignity program. One out of every five soldiers needs financial assistance, and the dignity program provides them with the critical aid they need. Since 2009, FIDF has given eight thousand soldiers per year multiple vouchers for food, clothing, and basic hygiene products.