The man reportedly joined the Israeli Defense Forces in perfect health and was stationed as a combatant with one of the IDF's Infantry Corps units. Several months into his service, he was injured and upon his recovery, was reassigned to one of the military's bases in northern Israel, as the residential cook.
The prolonged exposure to rocket fire near the base during the 2006 fighting in Lebanon resulted in him suffering from depression and nightmares. He reportedly regressed, became introverted and had difficulty sleeping. He applied for military aid and was awarded 5% disability.
The man decided to appeal the original disability ruling, filing a psychiatric brief which stated he exhibits signs of post traumatic stress disorder.
The defense establishment's medical commission granted the appeal, awarding him 70% disability.