A female pilot trainee was facing both direct and in-direct antisemitism while a student at a well-known military training base. This MRFF client had also been forced to endure nearly constant Christian proselytizing by her immediate chain of command, particularly two of her Instructor Pilots and her unit’s senior ranking officer. Her parents described her as hurt and despondent and did not know what to do or where to turn. In an email to MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein, the parents of this MRFF client stated:
We were just heartbroken. We had all but given up.
Until our daughter spoke with (name and rank of MRFF representative) at (name of military training base withheld) who connected us with Mikey Weinstein of the MRFF. I will not detail what or how Mikey Weinstein did what he did. I will only say that he did it very fast and very strong in defense of our daughter. Just a matter of a week and half later our daughter’s plight had been confirmed by the (military service branch name withheld) at (military training base name withheld). Those who had been doing her wrong because of her Jewish faith were removed from further training and evaluating her. She was given a fresh chance to prove that her flying met the standards. And she was no longer being told that she needed to demonstrate to her superiors that she would “get right with Christ” in order to graduate from pilot training.
This MRFF client graduated pilot training and is now thriving as a pilot within the U.S. Military. Her parents provided this moving description of her graduation:
My father survived the Holocaust after suffering the unimaginable for (number of years and months withheld) as a very young man at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He lived to raise a loving family but did not live to see our daughter, his granddaughter, have pilot’s wings placed on her (military service branch name withheld) uniform. But on that day of days and through tears of joy (daughter’s name withheld) had her grandfather’s picture in her pocket when those wings were pinned on at the graduation ceremony by her Commander.