Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Jewish War Veterans Opposes Elimination of Veterans Preference

Summer 2016

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA vehemently opposes Senate Bill 2943 section 1134 of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which seeks to limit the preference veterans have in the Federal hiring system.

We are horrified that the Senate and the Department of Defense would seek to strip this benefit from the men and women who have proudly served our country- they have earned it, they deserve it. It is the least we can do for them after they put their lives on the line. Additionally, it is advantageous to help reintegrate those who served into the workforce given the difficulty many veterans have in transitioning out of the military to civilian life.

Under the current structure, the extra credit given to veterans gives them preference for a Federal job- contrary to popular belief, this preference is only for securing an interview, not the job itself.

Limiting this essential opportunity to single use is not in our best interest. Many veterans struggle to find a job that is the right fit for them after getting out of the service, and to penalize them for that is only going to hurt them. The long term effects of single use veteran preference could be as far reaching as increasing veteran unemployment rates.

JWV urges all of its members to call, write, and email their Senators and Congressional representatives immediately, and make it known that we are adamantly against this bill.

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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