The ISO Mission Statement
Founded in 2007, Israel Service Organization (ISO) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit, charitable organization, which provides a vital boost in morale for the soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. Modeled after the American USO, ISO seeks to boost soldier morale by putting on high production concerts live on actual army bases. In addition, ISO organizes letter campaigns, in conjunction with schools world wide, which enable people of varying backgrounds from all over the world to show their much needed support for the troops in the IDF.
ISO is unique in that it speaks directly to Israel’s very existence—without the large percentage of citizens deployed for combat, Israel could not defend her borders and maintain a sovereign, democratic state. ISO recognizes that for the Israel Defense Forces to operate with full devotion and energy, that same devotion and energy must be sent right back. We deliver this in the form of on-site entertainment, care packages, letters, and other tangible proofs that people all over the world have the soldiers in their hearts.
Our inspiration for the organization comes from United Service Organization (USO). Every year, United Service Organization (USO) spends more than $35 million to ensure that American troops are well stocked not just in ammunition and training, but also in morale and spirit. Its mission statement speaks of “extending a touch of home to the military” (www.uso.org). At ISO we take the service a step further to benefit the Israeli forces. We provide a touch of love from all over the world. Our mission is to make sure that every soldier feels like a hero.
In addition, ISO acts to combat the anti-Israel and anti-IDF media bias. This is a vital service in building morale and assuring that soldiers maintain their high spirits. ISO also works to educate the public about the brave and honorable reaction of the Israeli soldiers in the face of real-time ethical and moral challenges they face on a daily basis. They endanger themselves to limit collateral damage, and, with your help, we can let the soldiers know that their sacrifice is not forgotten.