Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Jewish War Veterans is Outraged Over Halt in Death Benefits

Fall 2013

Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is outraged over the news that death benefits are being denied to families of recently deceased servicemembers due to the federal government shutdown.

When a servicemember is killed under certain conditions, including while serving on active duty, survivors are entitled to a one-time payment of $100,000 within 36 hours of the death to deal with funeral costs and the immediate difficulties of losing the servicemember’s income.

Since the start of the government shutdown, five servicemembers have died in Afghanistan. The family members of these servicemen and women have already been dealt the devastating blow of losing a loved one in service to our nation, to receive a second blow of not receiving death benefits due to Congress’s inability to pass a continuing resolution, is a travesty.

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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