Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Mourns the Death of Our Member Senator Frank Lautenberg

Summer 2013

Washington, DC – The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) mourns the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who died at age 89 on Monday. Senator Lautenberg was a Life Member of North Essex Post 146 of JWV’s Department of New Jersey.

Senator Lautenberg served in the Senate for 31 years. During that time, he was an advocate for the Jewish community, passing legislation that allowed over 350,000 Jews from the former Soviet Union to enter the United States in 1990.

His work also changed the social landscape of this country. In the 1980s, he was a leader in the fight to establish 21 as the national drinking age, and he championed legislation that banned smoking in many public places.

As the last World War II veteran in the Senate, our county not only loses one of the last statesmen of the Greatest Generation, it also means there is now one less individual with first-hand experience with our nation’s armed forces in Congress. JWV will sorely miss his counsel and his strong voice in support of veterans and the future of the American people.

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 the 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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