New York, NY, July 26, 2012 – The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) New York Tri-State Region sponsored the participation of three wounded IDF Soldiers in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org), a cycling event that took place July 18-21. During the four-day event, the soldiers cycled across New York traveling through Manhattan, East Hampton and Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
The three wounded IDF soldiers who participated in the event were Roy Iblotz’nik, 33, who currently serves as an Operations Division officer in Regional Brigade Ephraim and was injured in 2002 during a mission to find weapons in Qalgilya; Offer Werfel, 30, who served as a fighter in the flotilla and was wounded in 2004 while in a battle with a terrorist in Nablus; and Gilad Lahiani, 26, who served as a combat soldier in the Nachal Brigade and was injured in the Second Lebanon War.
For many years, the FIDF has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride as a way to link together veteran soldiers from Israel and the United States as well as to raise awareness and support for wounded combat soldiers. In cooperation with the FIDF, two years ago, Israel became the first country that the Solider Ride took place in outside of the United States.
FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of holocaust survivors as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 loyal supporters, and 16 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel.