DEATH OF ISRAELI AIRFORCE PILOT A LITTLE TOO CLOSE TO HOME FOR CHAIRPERSON OF IDF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS ORGANIZATION
TAMI SHELACH WILL ATTEND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HER HUSBAND WHOSE PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN DURING YOM KIPPUR WAR- BEFORE ATTENDING FUNERAL OF MAJOR OHAD COHEN
TEL AVIV- Every time a member of the Israeli defence forces is lost, leaving behind a widow and children, the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization warmly welcomes them into the fold and commits to assist them forever. Each time is difficult for all involved, however yesterday’s fatal malfunction of an Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jet that killed its Pilot Major Ohad Cohen, leaving behind his pregnant widow and toddler was especially difficult for Tami Shelach, the new Chairperson of the IDFWO. Shelach’s lost her late husband when his plane was shot down during the Yom Kippur war, her two sons and one grandson currently serve as IAF pilots. Tomorrow Shelach will attend her late husband’s annual memorial service with her family and then immediately travel to the funeral of Major Ohad Cohen.
Tami Shelach, Chairperson of the IDFWO made the following statement:
“Tomorrow, I will mourn for my late husband together with my own family, then I will reluctantly welcome another young mother into our greater IDFWO family. Every loss is a huge tragedy but this one hit us right to the core. As the wife, mother and grandmother of Israeli Air Force pilots this case is particularly hard. I will hug the young widow and her toddler and tell them from personal experience that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that the IDFWO will help them to get there.”
The tragedy comes just days before the October 13th annual mass Barmitzvah ceremony for IDF Orphans which will take place on the actual anniversary of Shelach’s late husband’s death.
The IDF Widows and Orphans Organization (IDFWO) is the sole non-profit organization recognized by the State of Israel that represents and supports the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers. The organization provides social, emotional and financial support to widows and orphans who have suffered a great loss: that of a husband and/or father. From the moment that the family is informed of the tragic news, until the child graduates university, the IDFWO is on hand to support and help those left behind. www.idfwo.org/eng