When I volunteered for the Israel Defense Forces, I had no idea what was rocketing towards me. And, although I'm never going to be the same person I was before the injury, the surprising turn of events gave me the opportunity to do something truly special.
I grew up in Miami, Florida. At the age of nineteen, after visiting Israel three times during my childhood and silently vowing that I would one day join Israel's military, I found myself training alongside Israeli soldiers.
In mid-December, 2008, after I had completed nine and a half months of intense training, a war known as Operation Cast Lead broke out on the border of Gaza. Three weeks into the battle, I was almost directly hit by a 120mm mortar shell, instantly losing my left and dominant arm from just above the elbow. I was conscious throughout the whole ordeal and still remember every moment clearly.
After a year of difficult rehabilitation, I once again volunteered for the Israeli army and had to prove myself worthy of returning to combat. Following much hard work and bureaucracy, I was back on active duty with a rifle in my remaining hand.
The excitement is written all over my face during my first visit back to the shooting range since the injury.
I am the first soldier in Israeli history to return to combat after an injury of this nature.
I went on to become a Staff Sergeant and successfully lead a squad of thirteen infantrymen through their advanced training. For this, I received an award from the Chief of Staff as well as the President of Israel, Shimon Peres.
And now I'm seeking your help in order to hire a good writing team for the job of telling my story. This project can't happen without you the investor, so I hope you'll consider making a pledge.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GOAL ISN'T REACHED
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
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ABOUT THE BOOK
The book is currently being written by me and me alone, but I have many prospective ghostwriters and editors who are eager to work with me on the project. The only thing missing is a way for me to pay them!
MY GOAL FOR THE BOOK
Simply put, I want to get the story out to as many people as possible. It is a story that could have ended very differently but proves that, with the right amount of heart, anyone can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of people around them.
I will do my best to keep you, "the investor," informed of the progress of the project. You will know when drafts have been completed and when the manuscript is heading to press. I'll also share small previews of completed chapters when possible.
Backing the Project
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