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February 5, 2015 1:05 pm

Jewish 100, 2014: Brian Mast – Tomorrow

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Brian Mast. Photo: Sar-El.

Brian Mast

Army veteran

A true American hero, Army Staff Sergeant Brian Mast lost both of his legs while serving his country in Afghanistan. And like many disabled veterans, Mast is determined to prove that life goes on even when you have been robbed of the ability to walk. Mast recently arrived in Israel to participate in an IDF volunteer program. He was motivated to do so after he witnessed with disgust the anti-Israel demonstrations at Harvard University, where he is studying, during the Gaza war of last summer. “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 for Israel.”

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  • Charlie Schliebs

    This is a marvelous story. Since Staff Sgt. Mast is not Jewish, my question relates to who is eligible to volunteer for the IDF. Israeli citizens regardless of religion may join the IDF, but I am pretty sure that foreign non-Jews cannot join. When I was in law school in 1973, I and a small group of fellow students started a process of trying to volunteer for the IDF, but by the time we could get attention from a very busy IDF the war was over. I later understood that there came a point in time that the IDF restricted foreign volunteers to being Jewish. Have things changed, or what? Thanks.

  • Wolff Bachner

    Brian Mast, May Ha’shem bless you and watch over you for all of your days. And when you stand before to be judged in the next life, may he take you into his loving embrace and welcome you to Paradise.