Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV National Executive Director Herb Rosenbleeth Elected President of The Military Coalition

November 2010

Colonel Herb Rosenbleeth, USA-Ret., National Executive Director of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) since 1991 has been elected President of The Military Coalition (TMC), which is comprised of more than 30 military and veterans' and uniformed service organizations that advocate on behalf of servicemembers, retirees, and military families.

Members of The Military Coalition work together to reach shared goals on behalf of America's servicemembers. After first banding together in the mid-1980's to fight the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law, the Coalition formalized itself in 1986, then incorporated in 1995. PNC Bob Zweiman of JWV was on the TMC Board of Directors, and was one of the leaders of the TMC incorporation. We are very proud that PNC Zweiman continues today on the Board of TMC.

TMC today consists of 32 member organizations, representing 5.5 million members and their families. It has been described by Military Update columnist Tom Philpott as "the most formidable lobbying force ever to fight on behalf on servicemembers, retirees, and families."

TMC has been instrumental in lobbying for passage of such important legislation as Tri Care for Life and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Military coalition conducts most of its work through eight action committees - Guard and Reserve; Health Care; MWR and Military Construction; Personnel Compensation and Commissaries; Retirement; Survivor Programs; Taxes/Social Security, and Veterans. TMC Members who serve on these committees are experts in each of these areas, highly dedicated professionals who know how to work the Hill.

The Military Coalition supports a strong national defense provided by highly capable personnel, and adequate compensation and entitlements to attract and retain these personnel. As indicated by these goals, The Military Coalition places primary focus on the "people side" of the national defense structure.

The goals of the TMC are directed by the two Cochairs, currently MOAA Director of Government Relations Col. Steve Strobridge, USAF-Ret., and Fleet Reserve Association National Executive Director Master Chief Joe Barnes, USN-Ret. The Cochairs keep TMC in focus and keep each of the organizations going in the same direction.

Colonel Rosenbleeth served in the military for 28 years, including overseas service in Germany, Vietnam, Iran, and briefly in Panama. His final assignment was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

As the President of TMC, he will continue to work with all of the major organizations representing servicemembers and their families, veterans and survivors to fight to ensure that DoD and Congress honor commitments to members of the Total Force, including Active, National Guard, Reserves, retired members, veterans, families and survivors.


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