Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Jewish War Veterans of the USA Opposes Putting Troops on the Ground in Syria

Spring 2013

Washington, DC – The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is strongly against putting American troops on the ground or any direct involvement in response to the escalating civil war in Syria.

In the wake of ground invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been overwhelmed caring for service members and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries from improvised explosive devices.

Accordingly, if we decide to make any commitment to Syria, we must avoid putting boots on the ground and direct involvement. We should give our aid only in the form of humanitarian, limited military resources, and limited weapons to vetted pro-western coalition forces.

With allegations that President Bashar Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels, it is clear that there is a humanitarian need for resources to be directed to Syria; however, the United States should not devote ground force troops or no-fly zones to this effort.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization 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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