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Until now, soldiers released from captivity needed to request recognition; decision will apply to any future cases of captive soldiers.
The Defense Ministry decided over the weekend to recognize Gilad Schalit as a disabled IDF veteran, even before he returns to Israel.
Schalit is expected to return in a prisoner swap with Hamas on Tuesday….