Commend Teen for Donating Thousands of Dollars to Help Injured Soldiers

Target: Joshua Neidorf

Goal: Thank Joshua Neidorf for his generous donation to a program that helps injured American soldiers

Seventh grader Joshua Neidorf recently donated $13,000 to a program developed to help injured United States soldiers. Neidorf received the money from his bar mitzvah and, in a display of true maturity, immediately decided to give his money to Operation Mend.

Neidorf became familiar with Operation Mend after his family became a “buddy family” for one of the soldiers. Through the program they became a support system for Army Sergeant Louis Dahlman, who was injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq that took off most of his jaw. He has been undergoing a series of jaw reconstruction surgeries. Joshua Neidorf became close with Dahlman during family trips to local attractions including restaurants and the beach.

Operation Mend provides Dahlman with housing, transportation to Los Angeles from his home in Texas, and many other things necessary to make his trips to the hospital in Los Angeles possible. Through the program, Dahlman is making great strides toward recovery and is now even able to eat normally.

Operation Mend was developed in 2007. It serves to treat military personnel wounded and disfigured in Iraq and Afghanistan, specifically reconstructing the faces of soldiers severely burned or mutilated. As of October 2012 the program had 72 total patients, 32 on active duty and 40 veterans. The costs of one patient alone can add up to $500,000. Operation Mend is entirely funded by private contributions; Neidorf is the youngest donor to date.

Neidorf said (he) “loves knowing that the money is going somewhere to help people who save our lives and keep us safe everyday.” He also encouraged his bar mitzvah guests to donate to the program by screening a video of an interview he did with Dahlman about his injuries and working with Operation Mend.

Joshua Neidorf has shown more maturity and generosity than people three times his age. Sign the petition to show Neidorf how much his efforts are appreciated and an inspiration to a generation.


Dear Mr. Neidorf,

Your recent donation to Operation Mend is amazing. Making a donation that large at such a young age is an act of true selflessness. There are many people a lot older than you that would never even consider giving that much money away and you did it without blinking an eye.

The world needs more people like you. Your act of generosity gives hope to a generation that often times feels their donations will not make a difference. Your monetary gifts, along with the support and friendship you gave to Army Sergeant Louis Dahlman is invaluable. Thank you so much for everything you have done and are doing.


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  1. One wonderful teen who appreciates what these brave veterans have done to preserve our comfort, life style and society.

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