Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Dr. Robert Pickard Elected National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA

Summer 2013

Dr. Robert E. Pickard, COL (USA Retired) of Miami, FL was elected National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) at its 118th Annual National Convention in Richmond, VA on August 23, 2013.

Founded in 1896 by Jewish Civil War veterans, JWV is the oldest continuously active veterans’ organization in the United States. JWV serves veterans throughout the country by advocating for veterans’ rights and benefits at the national, state, and local levels. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds.

Dr. Pickard graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine degree. He received his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL in 1965. He interned at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Pickard served in active duty from 1966-68 during the Vietnam War and was stationed at RAF Chicksands Dispensary in the midlands of England as the Medical Officer for that AF Security Service base.

After being discharged as a Captain from the USAF, Pickard returned to the University of Miami Medical School for a residency in general surgery, later specializing in ear, nose, and throat surgery. He began his practice of medicine and surgery in South Miami and Coral Gables in 1972. Pickard joined the Florida National Guard and served a total of 22 years in active National Guard service retiring as a Colonel 06 in 2000.

Pickard comes from a JWV family. His father, Ted, was Department Commander of Illinois and his mother, Lena, was President of the Illinois JWVA.

When the Nazis threatened to march in Skokie, IL in 1978, Pickard went to Chicago to face them. Under pressure from JWV and other organizations, the Nazis ultimately decided not to march in Skokie. As a counter to the Nazis, Pickard and Past National Commander Ainslee Ferdie decided to hold their own demonstration. Pickard and Ferdie drove to the National Socialist Party of America Headquarters in Marquette Park, Chicago where they staged their own march across the street.

Like all members of JWV, Pickard devotes a great deal of energy, caring, and passion to his community. He is a life member of Post 243 in Coral Gables, FL where he has previously served as Post Commander. At the National Level, Pickard has held positions as National Adjutant, Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Committee, a member of the National Executive Committee, and Past Editor of The Jewish Veteran. He is married to Susan Lemkin Pickard and has four daughters: Gabrielle, Annie, Teddi, and Beke.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

 

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