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Ministry of Defense

Over 7,000 Israeli Military Personnel Wounded in Fighting Since October 7

Since October 7th, 7,209 newly wounded military personnel have entered the Defense Ministry’s rehabilitation system, according to official numbers showing high numbers of mental health issues.

Ninety-five percent of them are men under the age of 30 serving in the IDF reserves. Thirty percent of the newly wounded, 2,111 individuals, developed mental health issues of various kinds. For 60%, the psychological wounds were their primary injury.

The Defense Ministry estimates that by the end of 2024, there will be 20,000 newly wounded military members from this war. Some 8,000, or 40%, will face psychiatric challenges, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, adjustment and communication difficulties, and psychotic conditions.

The weeks between Passover and Israeli Memorial Day are generally difficult for military veterans, especially those with mental wounds. The Defense Ministry’s regular support and treatment programs are being expanded for wounded soldiers and their families during this period.

The ministry also requests that family members and friends be especially aware of wounded soldiers’ emotional health at this time and seek help if they notice signs of changed behavior or additional distress. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we pray for the mental health of all our soldiers who have been traumatized by the horrifying situations they have experienced. We also pray that their families will give them the support they need and accommodate their needs. We pray that You protect our soldiers in Your loving embrace, comfort them, and take away their mental burdens. We also pray in Yeshua’s name for the healing of their physical wounds, along with their mental ones.”