Helping Israeli combat veterans overcome their "invisible scars"through group journeys "of release" in nature
Bshvil began after the Second Lebanon War, in 2006. The founders realized that in hundreds of homes soldiers who returned from the War were silent. Parents spoke about soldiers who had been released from the Army but were not released inside. Since then, Bshvil has been running these journeys of release for combat soldiers who went through battles.
Religious and non-religious, Jews and Druze, men and women (approximately 10% – paramedics and terrorist victims), and people from all strata of society participate. Participants are eligible up to ten years following their required service. The average age is 27.
Soldiers and former soldiers join the program voluntarily. They are promised total confidentiality and agree to deal with the consequences of their fighting experiences, which have usually been repressed.
They want help because they are not able to function “normally.” They have difficulties relating to loved ones, concentrating on studies, working steadily, and do not enjoy peace of mind. More than a few considered leaving Israel.
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