The Ministry of Defense has been claiming for the past few years that the growth in numbers of disabled veterans of the IDF and bereaved families under the responsibility of the Ministry has lead to a sharp increase in rehabilitation budgets, erosion of the defense budget, and an impact on the strength of the IDF. The Ministry has argued before different public committees (i.e. the Brodet committee, MK Hason committee, and the Goren committee) that the criteria for recognition of disabled veterans of the IDF and bereaved families should be revised. However, data published by the Ministry itself in its 2011-2012 budget proposal shows that in recent years the increase in rehabilitation budgets was low, not only in comparison to the increase in other welfare budgets, but was also lower than the increase in the Ministry's total budget. The article was written by Adv. Yaccov (Kobi) Zakai (CPA) of ECO.
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