Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Demands the Protection of Commissary Benefits During Government Shutdown

Fall 2013

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) urges the Department of Defense (DoD) to protect our servicemember’s benefits by keeping stateside commissaries open during this government shutdown.

In previous government shutdowns, US commissary locations were allowed to stay open, and DoD’s decision has broken with this precedent. JWV considers commissaries a vital benefit and one that many of our military families rely on to make ends meet. We believe closing the commissaries violates the intent of the Pay Our Military Act, enacted on September 30, 2013, which was intended to protect our military during this shutdown.

Shutting down the commissaries hurts more than our servicemembers; it affects every company and individual involved in the supply chain. Keeping the commissaries closed will cost our government, and our economy, millions of dollars. Until the federal government shutdown is resolved, we urgently request that DoD immediately make available to all servicemembers and their dependents the use of the military dining facilities.

Closing the commissaries is especially egregious for lower grade enlisted personnel and their families.

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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