Talk about having a large family. Lt. Col. Tzvika Levy has his hands full. An officer who is part of an elite unit within the Israel Defense Force’s paratrooper brigade, Levy is also founder and director of Tzvika Levy’s Lone Soldiers.
For the past 25 years, Levy has held this post, a position in which he has served as a
father figure to thousands of men and women from all over the world.
Since war broke out in Gaza last week, Levy has been shuttling between military bases, bringing encouragement and much-needed supplies to his lone soldiers. In a phone call with the JT on Monday, Levy said, “We need underclothes, T-shirts, socks, hats and towels.”
The nearly 6,000 lone soldiers Levy’s organization supports hail from 40 countries and came to Israel voluntarily and by themselves to serve in the Israeli military. In addition to providing necessities and emotional support, Levy’s job entails finding homes and surrogate families for the soldiers, most of whom have left their home countries for no reason other than their desire to protect the Jewish state.
Levy, who is endorsed by Eddie Rogers of the Friends of the IDF Baltimore Chapter’s board of directors, praised the lone soldiers for their bravery and commitment, stressing the fact that “no one asked these people to come. They came because of their love for Israel.”
Levy said that nearly half of the lone soldiers who join the IDF choose to serve in dangerous combat positions.
For more information, visit LoneSoldierIDF.com or the organization’s Facebook page.