Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Salutes Time Magazine’s Designation of The American Soldier As Its Person of the Year

Winter 2003

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) commends the selection of The American Soldier as Time Magazine's person of the year. As Time states in its latest issue, "For uncommon skills and service, for the choices each one of them has made and the ones still ahead, for the challenge of defending not only our freedoms but those barely stirring half a world away, the American soldier is TIME's Person of the Year." It is very rewarding that Time recognizes that, as the veterans of all wars have done before them, this generation of American soldiers stands for freedom and democracy against those dictators and terrorists who wish to deny those basic rights to the peoples of the world. Today's soldiers in the all-volunteer army are a special bastion of hope against the darkness of the terrorism that is the new threat to freedom. So many of those serving so bravely throughout the world, but most especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, are members of National Guard and Reserve battalions, citizen-soldiers who have disrupted their lives and the lives of their families suddenly and for long periods to serve and to protect all Americans. The bravery of all of those who have served, who have toppled not only the statue of Saddam Hussein, but also his bloody rule, and who have found him cringing in a hole, deserve this accolade. We salute TIME magazine for their choice and add to their salute the gratitude of an entire nation and of those around the world who value freedom and democracy.


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