Giving Back

They spent three and a half months together at the Computer Profession School in Ramat Gan Despite suffering from muscular dystrophy, it was clear to Corporal Tal and Corporal Yuval that they would draft into the IAF. Today, they have committed to continuing their service as officers. “We are contributing not only to the country, but also to ourselves”

Nadav Berger

Corporal Tal and Corporal Yuval are twins who suffer from muscular dystrophy. As children brought up within the confines of Tel-Nof airbase by a father who served as a weapon systems operator, it was always clear to them that they too would draft and have a meaningful service in the IAF and today both of them are doing just that. Corporal Yuval serves as a programmer in the “Ofek” unit and has committed to six more years as a programmer in the unit, while his brother serves in classified position in the Communication Unit of the IAF and has committed to another four and a half years. “Our family has always encouraged us o draft and to contribute in a meaningful way”, explains Corporal Yuval. “It is very important for us to give back to the country just like everyone else, even if it’s not through physical force, but by using our minds”, adds Corporal Tal.

Leaving A Mark

Though they took different courses, they spent three and a half months together at the Computer Profession School in Ramat Gan. “We were the first ones to attend the school with this type of disability”, they explain. As such, they left their mark: cadets from different courses at the school banded together to build a new ramp that made the school more accessible to people with disabilities and made it easier for Tal and Yuval to reach the school in a wheelchair.

The twins have a clear message for those considering a similar path: “The army needs people everywhere, we recommend that everyone draft”, say the twins. “We are contributing not only to the country, but also to ourselves. This path develops us, enhances us and introduces us all the time to new friends and experiences”. During their service, the two of them expect to take the IDF Officer’s Course and to return to their units as commanders.

 

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