623 wounded considered disabled IDF veterans

Defense Ministry releases statistics to mark Appreciation Day for wounded soldiers and terror victims; President to hold official ceremony.

Cynthia Blank,

Wounded soldier arrives at Shaarei Tzedek
Wounded soldier arrives at Shaarei Tzedek
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To mark the Day of Appreciation for those Wounded in Israel's Wars and in Terrorist Attacks, the Defense Ministry released on Sunday a series of official statistics on disabled IDF veterans. 

According to the records, as of 2015, 56,708 people are considered to be disabled IDF veterans - 47,843 men and 3,293 women. 

Meanwhile, 5,572 more Israelis wounded during military service are still undergoing medical examinations, but have been recognized as disabled IDF veterans in principle. 

Since the start of the year, 623 injured IDF soldiers were added to the disabled list, including those wounded in the current wave of Arab terror as well as in last year's Operation Protective Edge. 

In caring for the disabled veterans, the Defense Ministry's Rehabilitation Department grants all wounded a therapy manager responsible for providing both medical and social care to victims and their families. 

Events will be held nationwide all day Sunday to honor injured IDF veterans and others injured in acts of enemy aggression in appreciation of their contribution to civil service. 

At 3:00 p.m., President and First Lady Rivlin will host an official ceremony at the President’s Residence. Event speakers include Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Social Welfare Minister Haim Katz, and chairman of the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization, Haim Bar.

Also in attendance will be IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, injured IDF soldiers and terror victims, and their families.