Project Shining Light
Israel: "A Light Unto The Nations"
Correcting Reintegration Issues During & After After Return
This brief is intended solely for informational purposes with a
trimmed overview of this project.
Throughout the millennium governments have trained fighters of every
type to withstand the physical and mental rigors of war. This training,
of which most governments are proud of takes from many months to years
to complete and almost without exception the men that survive were
released from the service of the state without thorough instruction or
de-training for their return to back into civilian lifestyle. The
proposal before you will show how through civilian intervention we can
significantly reduce the number of
issues associated with this phenomena in the US (possibly any coalition
members) due to military
decommissioning or debriefing practices.
"It has been widely reported that the greatest drag on the morale of
the US military personnel deployed in Iraq are their long separations
from their families. Divorce rates among service men and women are
skyrocketing. My reader suggested that Israelis organize a program for
housing military families where comfortably ensconced in Israel,
American solders, marines, sailors and airmen could see their families
once a month rather than once a year."
By Caroline B Glick. Column One December 16. 2005
Military personnel are hardened for war and therefore are changed
from the people they were originally before military training. Without proper closure of military life
and practices these people can find it difficult to return to a full
civilian life and career. Other family members must come to understand
that the person they will see throughout their military career has
changed, sometimes dramatically, and must choose to accept this reality.
So this process is a two-track program working on the effects of war
and training the people to survive the process.
â€œThe army and police forces give their officers flack jackets for their bodies, but
their souls are ripped apart with no protection whatsoever. The help
does not come from the establishment but from private places.â€ Gil
Kleiman Former Israeli Police Spokesman now spokesman for Center for
Treatment of Psyco-trauma Jerusalem.
"PTSS or Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome is not a new phenomenon
but is not well addressed in the military establishment. â€œWhile attacks
or aggression are taking place there is not time to think about it. Its
like reverse peak, not long after the shootings and bombings stop is
when PTSS begins to come outâ€. Israel has the resources, trained man
power, experience, accommodations and readiness to engage this problem
and show combatants and ex-combatants that they can, as â€œwe doâ€, and
return to civilian lives, wives, husbands, children, parents without
major mental scarring as was witnessed during the Korean and Vietnam
conflict and is again being witnessed throughout the United States by
the Afghanistan and Iraq actions currently. We are confident that our
group can catch many of the cases before they become inflamed, damaged
or destroy families by allowing the family members to have access to
accommodations for short and long term stays in Israel to negate some of
the family stress that a long absence creates." By Ruth Eglash, The
Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2006.
For short term: We wish to begin by creating a non-profit
organization, with all the infrastructure as
required. The envisioned process will require setting up a housing and social
network so families can have a secure, quiet place to come to without the severe
impact of everyday life in an unknown society. Donations of flat space
and volunteer time can be collected, reviewed and screened for
Initially, the families can choose to be in single-family flats or in
a group structure for a few weeks to 2 months. The families can stay
and receive their family members from Iraq or Afghanistan keeping the
bond of the family unit alive. Our intention is that meeting in Israel
will be almost a vacation atmosphere (Eilat), enjoying each others
company, without the day-to-day life problems interfering, which can do
much to keep the family bonds strong. This, along with support of
counselors for difficult times and questions makes this effort unique.
This process allows the individuals to see the change in this family
member and having counseling to accept the inevitable change in
personality and understand how this has happened, and to accept the
results. This is not an overnight process and the changes are perceived
form both parties.
Medium Term: We wish to setup centers for families who need
and wish to confront stronger issues and resolve them using counselors,
psychologists and conflict resolution techniques. We need to have group
counseling where families and ex-soldiers can gather and everyone will
know they are not alone and this is a real calculated and repeating
problem for many families, not just their family. By group counseling it
will teach trust and strength to overcome this adversity, creating
long-term friendships that can be fostered upon returning to their
homes. Religious faiths of all denominations can come, grow in faith and
use the faith to see them through difficult times. This is a system
that can be used for not only US but other nationality families as well.
Long Term (Upon request.)
Daily: Professional phone staff and coordination supervisors
will be on duty from 8 am to 5 pm to accept and process requests,
donations, scheduling of incoming and outgoing families, security
reviews and other day to day functions for the organization in close
proximity to Ben-Gurion or Eilat airports. Transportation will be
provided as needed to visiting families via ... (Upon request.)
For Israel: this is a golden opportunity to have the state viewed in a tremendously good light... (Upon request.)
For the United States & other NATO team members: Governments and other coalition countries, the effort put forth can aid the growing number of veterans with
growing or reoccurring decommissioning issues... (Upon request.)
Through good dedicated counseling Israeli ex-military personnel are
already living well-rounded lives because of the networks setup in the
Israeli society. Strong personalities are not a downside in a family as
long as all the participants know how to view and handle this change.
Many military personnel realize that this is a real and existing
problem, which cannot be ignored or brushed aside as some kind of a
weakness. They realize they must also change from the person the
military wanted and trained them to be, accept the actions that were
done during war and move on to continue their life.
It's about closure.