After outcry, government reaches funding compromise for wounded veteran care

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The government announces that it reached a compromise on a Defense Ministry plan to reform the treatment for wounded veterans, after a quarrel over funding halted the proposal earlier this week.

According to the Defense Ministry, the new plan will shortly be brought before the cabinet, where it is expected to receive the necessary approvals.

Following the announcement that the plan, dubbed One Soul, was being held up due to a budgetary fight between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz earlier this week, veterans groups held a series of protests against the delay.

“I have approved thousands of operations, attack plans and reforms in the IDF and defense establishment and yet this is one of the most important and most moral efforts I have led, and I will continue to lead the implementation of this reform and provide the proper care for IDF veterans,” Gantz says in a statement.

As part of the compromise between the Defense and Finance ministries, the funding for the plan was scaled back significantly — from NIS 350 million to NIS 300 million.

According to the Defense Ministry, the funding will go toward the immediate hire of 60 people for the Rehabilitation Department and toward additional support for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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