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By Dov Eilon |
Photo: IDF

Ori was born blind. Nevertheless, she attended a regular school, did not miss a single class trip, and even participated in a visit to Poland. After graduating, she was determined to serve in the army, just like all young Israelis.

Two months before putting on the uniform for the first time, Ori visited the military base where she would be stationed. “I checked it out very carefully,” Ori explained. “It is always important to me to be as independent as possible. My cane can only tell me where there are obstacles, it can’t lead me. In the beginning that was very frustrating. I walked up and down the important routes over and over again until I had memorized them.” Her strong desire and will were sufficient to overcome, though many tried to dissuade her from military service (those with disabilities are exempt). “I didn’t have to volunteer, but I am certain that I have done the right thing,” said Ori. “My brothers served...

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