As you know, in 2013 our son Leibel left our home in Cincinnati to move to Israel to serve as a ‘lone soldier’ in the Israel Defense Forces. Over the last few years, our community has heard from Leibel directly about his military experiences, as well as the personal struggles he lived as a combat veteran returning to the United States after his IDF service. We have heard and felt his love and passion for his fellow IDF soldiers, Israel, and the Jewish people as a whole.
With his first hand knowledge about the challenges soldiers like him face when they return, Leibel has started a new organization: Magen Am's Lone Soldier Veterans Program - Los Angeles, CA
The Lone Soldier Veterans Program was launched with the specific goal of providing returning IDF lone soldiers a ‘soft landing’ - helping to give them the resources, tools, and skills needed to create a foundation of success for the rest of their lives. At the same time, our soldiers will be able to continue their sworn IDF mission - to serve, protect, and defend the Jewish people - setting a new standard and ensuring the highest level of safety and security for Jewish communities here in the USA.
The Lone Soldier Veterans Program will include:
- Paid living expenses for our IDF veterans; including apartment, meals, and vehicle for 12 months.
- Personal development; including mental health counseling, healthy living classes, business coaching/mentoring, and more.
- High level training personalized for the security needs of the Jewish community.
- Classroom courses including CPR, first aid, stop the bleed, conflict management, advanced search and seizure, crowd control, introduction to executive protection, counter surveillance and intelligence gathering, and more.
- Equipment, uniforms, and licensing for security jobs.
Upon completion of training and receiving of required licensing, our 'lone soldier' veterans will begin working security jobs within the Jewish community. These security jobs will include: Schools, synagogues, businesses, events, and residential patrols.
As Leibel and his newlywed wife Chana move to Los Angeles to embark on this new and important endeavor, please join me in showing them and our IDF ‘lone soldier’ heroes our support! Leibel needs to raise $50,000 before the High Holidays to ensure a successful launch of the Magen Am Lone Soldier Veterans Program. Partner with him today! Every dollar raised will help give our soldiers the resources, tools, and skills needed to create a foundation of success for the rest of their lives, as well as ensure the safety and security of our Jewish community! Together we will bring in a sweet and healthy new year for the entire Jewish people!
Watch Leibel speak more in depth about the Lone Soldier Veterans Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbEwYB3A6O4
Email Leibel directly: Leibel@Magenamusa.org
- Rabbi and Chana Mangel
"Friends and Family, thank you for your love and support over the years. As I embark on this most important endavour, I ask you to join me in continuing my life's mission. Invest in the future of our IDF 'lone soldiers', and at the very same time help ensure the protection and future of our Jewish people! You will be taking an active role in carrying our nations shield!
On behalf of Magen Am's Lone Soldier Veterans Program, IDF lone soldier veterans, and the Jewish community, I thank you!
For more info: https://magenamusa.org/magen-am-lone-soldier-program/ "
- Executive Director LSVP Leibel Mangel
**Those who donate $1,000+ will be invited to a day of firearms training and BBQ with our 'lone soldier' veterans and protectors.
About Magen Am USA: Magen Am (Hebrew for “Nation’s Shield”), is the ONLY 501c3 in California licensed to carry out armed patrols and security duties. Magen Am's mission is to train and empower the community to secure itself from within.
What is Magen Am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ6LEOu-mf4