Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Increases Outreach to Persian Gulf and Global War on Terrorism

Summer 2007

Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Increases Outreach to Persian Gulf and Global War on Terrorism (PG/GWOT) Military Active Duty and Reserve Component Members

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans association in the United States, founded by Civil War Veterans in 1896. The JWV is continuing its long tradition of dedication to those programs that support the needs of our active duty, reserve component members, and veteran's communities. The JWV represents a proud tradition of patriotism and service to America and is known as the "Patriotic Voice of American Jewry. "

As National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, I am also proud to announce the formation of the Persian Gulf and Global War on Terrorism Outreach Committee at the National Level under the chairmanship of Colonel Nelson L. Mellitz, USAFR, Ret. This committee has two major goals: 1) assist the GWOT veterans and their families while they are deployed and 2) aid the Persian Gulf and GWOT veterans and their families at home. Both of these goals are consistent with the mission that has motivated the JWV since its founding in 1896.

Since the start of the GWOT on September 11, 2001 the JWV organization has been extremely active in supporting all United States military and their families by:

  1. Giving special care and attention to the families of active duty service persons both at home and overseas,
  2. Sending care and holiday packages to troops in harm's way, "Support Our Servicemen and Women Overseas,"
  3. Recommending and encouraging congressional representatives to pass authorization and appropriation laws in support of increased benefits for GWOT and all veterans,
  4. Working with the Coalition of Veterans Organizations to increase veteran's benefits,
  5. Providing "Service Officers" as Ombudsmen with the Veterans Affairs and military hospitals and centers throughout the country,
  6. Contributing funding and volunteers to readiness support centers at military posts, bases, and stations,
  7. Greeting deploying and returning troops from the GWOT,
  8. Providing employment networking opportunities,
  9. and much, much, more.

Our returning military and families of active duty, National Guard, and reserve component members face a myriad of difficult transition issues upon their return to United States based military jobs or to civilian life. Even if our service members are fortunate enough to avoid the severe physical injuries faced by so many, they return to careers and marriages that have been severely impacted by their service and face problems with non-physical wounds, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As the original founders of the JWV, members of the Union Army, joined with veterans of the Spanish-American War to form a larger organization that continued to welcome veterans of WWI and all succeeding conflicts, we in the Jewish War Veterans will join with the newest veterans of the Persian Gulf and Global War on Terrorism. In this way, the JWV continues "The Mission: The Veteran." We will increase our efforts to reach out to these newest veterans and continue the unbroken chain of Jewish military serving Jewish military (L'Dor V'Dor) that goes back to 1896 and will continue through the 21st century.

Point of contact is Colonel Nelson L. Mellitz, USAFR, Ret, committee chairperson through the Jewish War Veterans, National Headquarters, or telephone: 202-265-6280 to ask for assistance for a family member or yourself, or to join the JWV.

JWV National Headquarters
Attn: Colonel Nelson L. Mellitz, USAFR, Ret.
PG/GWOT Outreach Committee
1811 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


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