Moshe Lehmann (Rambam) is currently serving in the Givati Brigade, an elite amphibious force distinguished by their purple berets. He recently undertook a personal effort to acquire important pieces of American-made equipment for members of his unit: light and durable combat vests, which are used to carry ammunition clips, water, tourniquets, radios and other essential tools. The vests with which the IDF outfits its soldiers are old-fashioned, bulky and inefficient; many are worn through with torn pockets and broken zippers. "They are functional but far from ideal," he wrote in a letter to friends and family in Baltimore. "We are trying to raise the funds necessary to purchase high-quality combat vests and replace our current standard-issue units. ... Hopefully, they will only ever be needed for training but if duty calls, we will be ready."