Considering hosting a POM unit at your synagogue or opening your home to two veterans? Here’s what others have said about the experience.
My kids now want us to visit Israel
I was surprised at how meaningful it was for the family to host two Peace of Mind participants. My kids are more connected and now want us to visit Israel.
They helped recalibrate my focus on the beauty of being a proud Jew
First off, on behalf of the Anbar family, I’d like to thank you and POM for introducing us to a group of 22 of the finest people we have met in a long time. We had the honour of hosting 2 of these men and it was our absolute pleasure to meet them. . As the very short week went by, I could see that they were both engaging in a different battle than the ones they were trained for. A battle to heal emotionally and mentally. A battle to create a bright future for them and their families. This will prove to be a long and tough battle, but it was one that they were winning daily and will inevitably win forever. I can honestly say that they both taught me a strong lesson in humility and perseverance. They helped recalibrate my focus on the beauty of being a proud Jew, and they did this all without a word. Just a strong hug and a smile.
So many great and lasting memories!
Through the experience of hosting POM veteran soldiers, we have even more respect for the IDF and feel a stronger connection to Israel. We bonded immediately and by mid-week we were discussing the daily counseling sessions and community events at the family table. They told us how intense yet insightful the sessions had been. They were shocked to see how real our support and gratitude is for those who fight in the IDF. Communicating, believing and then understanding the unconditional love and support we have for them, had a huge impact.
So many great and lasting memories!. We hope to continue hosting future POM veteran soldiers and participating in this much needed and incredible program!