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January 1, 2015 2:11 pm

US Afghan War Hero Who Lost Both Legs Heads to Israel for Spell With IDF

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Afghan war hero Brian Mast is heading to Israel. Photo: Twitter.

A former US Army Staff Sergeant who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan is heading to Israel as a volunteer for the IDF.

Brian Mast served his country for twelve years before the catastrophic injury cut his career short. Now a full-time student at Harvard University, Mast said his decision to travel to Israel was partly triggered by the anti-Israel demonstrations he witnessed on campus.

“This past summer I was there studying,” Mast told website Western Journalism. “At the same time, I saw the anti-Israeli protest in the face of the attempted indiscriminate bombardment of Israel. It was then that I decided I needed to find a way to go help however I can and however Israel would have me.”

While his soldiering abilities have been severely damaged by his injury, Mast believes his past experiences will be of benefit to the IDF. “I know what it is to be shot at, to be blown up – literally, to have my brothers die in my arms,” he declared. “I also know the peace my family enjoys each day within our own borders; and that same peace is what I wish on Israel. I know those I will spend my time with would in a second sacrifice themselves for their brothers and sisters to their left and right – that is not common among all people. It is for that reason I sought out service in a military capacity.”

Mast, who grew up in a Christian home in South Florida, said that his parents had impressed upon him the importance of the US alliance with Israel. He remains intensely committed, he added, to  promoting “liberty and freedom from tyrannical regimes.”

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  • new MarcH

    Huuuahhh, SSG Mast!

  • penina neustadter

    As a mother of a soldier in the IDF it is truly an honor to say thank you and kol hakavod! God bless you Sgt. Mast

  • Please join our Facebook group: USVI – US Veterans in Israel. We’d be honored!

  • michal

    You are a hero .welcome home

  • Inessa

    just wanna say thank you

  • Awesome man

    As an Estonian who supports Israel, USA and EU against their struggle against terrorism I think this is a great example of a hero. No matter what happens, brave men like him will always be ready to stand for sanity and justice. All the best.

  • God keep you safe and from all harm. Sgt Mast.

  • Igor

    God bless you, Sgt. Mast!
    Thank you.

  • IDF

    Thank you. We salute you and welcome you.

  • May you be blessed and kept safe, Sgt. Mast. Your courage, understanding, empathy, and clear vision reach into our hearts, where you will be held dear. May your parents be cradled for eternity in God’s hands. They taught you well.

  • Proud Israelli

    We’re honored you join our IDF sir.
    certain you have a lot to contribute from your experience

    Thank You.

  • Dear St. Hero Mast!

  • Kobi

    Sgt Mast as an Israeli citizen and a former IDF soldier I would like you to know that your actions warms my heart!
    It is very re insuring that American and Israeli citizens are the best of friends and you are the perfect example for what friendship means.
    I wish you the best time and experience here in Israel.
    Kobi K

  • cheryl mullings

    Proud to know you. God bless and keep you and your family safe.

  • Michael Krauss

    Once a hero, still a hero. God bless you, and God bless your parents.

  • Mike Jefferson

    Sgt. Mast, may the creator bless you and your family for your righteous actions. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

  • Moshe

    Thank you SGT. Mast. I’d like you to know that hundreds of thousand of American service man come to Israel to learn the art of fighting unconventional war from experience Israeli instructors, and this results in many American life saved.
    I Love You Sgt. Mast. I love the USA

  • humphrey tio

    What a encouragement you are to us. “I will bless them that bless you.” May you be richly blessed during your time with the IDF

  • William Eigles

    Kudos & Bravo to you, Sgt. Mast, for your blessed bravery, conviction, commitment, and enduring courage. With a moral compass so clear, robust, and strong, I’m sure you will be an asset to the IDF in its fight against Islamist savagery. May G-d’s grace be upon you always and your safety assured.

  • ScottAdler

    God bless you. I’m sure your experience would be very helpful.

  • Sir, I would be honored to call you brother. May heaven shine blessings on you and those who benefit from your training. Stay safe, be well. ( my husband flew jets for the Marines).OOHRAH .

  • mh8169

    The Sgt. stands tall. G-d Bless You!!

  • Scott

    Sgt. Mast……you are one terrific American!

  • God bless you Staff SGT. Brian Mast. You are a true American hero and now a hero for Israel and the Jewish people as well. I pray all God’s blessings be upon you and your family. Have a safe and Happy New Year my hero.


    Brian Mast is a true super hero. He reflects the best of American values. If all our young people had to serve, they might get in touch with reality and be less vulnerable to propaganda.

  • This man is a blessing to the entire world. Our prayers are with you. God sees and rewards those who bless His family and His Homeland. You shall be “grafted in” to his family too. Those who love Him and seek his face shall be saved and rewarded.

  • Mac Ukpong

    Mast, you are taking a step in the right direction. Go for it. The world owes a lot to Israel but because of the covering cast over the eyes of men, the world cannot see. They talk of boycott this and boycott that. l guess Israel is one little country no one can boycott. You are blessed for blessing Israel. That is HIS promise.

  • Danny Ferguson

    Staff Sergeant Mast,

    You are a hero beyond my imagination. Your moral compass is pointed in the right direction and your courage and fortitude is amazing. You have my highest admiration, and I wish you God Speed. May God bless you for your faith and for your strength. You will forever be a great American patriot.

  • Proud American

    Thank you, Sgt. Mast. We are so proud of you and grateful for your courage, your commitment, and your service.

  • Matt

    If you move through the various battlefields one week you can be working in Iraq the next Afghanistan and then the territories you see the double standard because you are doing the same work. Just a different location.

  • charlie johnson

    Are these colleges proving the youth an education or just serve as a meeting place for demonstrators to defy logic and common sense?Why are there so many students from foreign nations in these schools?

    • Young man Sgt Mast, you are a role model, and those wo were your fellow students at your university should be ashamed. You stand for justice and courage an unselfishness. My our lLord bless you abd keep you safe en one day return you to your parents who must be very proud to call you their son.