Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV SUPPORTS CALL FOR NEW CIVIL DEFENSE ; PUBLIC SERVICE EFFORTS

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA has strongly endorsed President Bush's call for new civil defense and public service programs to channel the energies of the American public. "The President was right on the money," NC Becker commented. "This is going to be a long fight, and we all have a part to play. Here at home, the tens of thousands of Jewish War Veterans are eager to do their part to keep America safe and strong. The role of the government has to be to help structure the ways Americans can help." President Bush said in his speech that "We also will encourage service to country by creating new opportunities within the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs for public safety and public health efforts. We'll ask state and local officials to create a new modern civil defense service similar to local volunteer fire departments, to respond to local emergencies when the manpower of governments is stretched thin. We will find ways to train and mobilize more volunteers to help when rescue and health emergencies arise. Americans have a lot to offer, so I've created a task force to develop additional ways people can get directly involved in this war effort, by making our homes and neighborhoods and schools and workplaces safer." "That's the type of effort all of America's veterans can help with," Becker said. "When he talked about the hijacked plane in Pennsylvania, the President said, "Some of our greatest moments have been acts of courage for which no one could have ever prepared." Those who have been to war already know that, and we're ready to serve our country again."

The Jewish War Veterans has also endorsed the legislation introduced by Senators John McCain and Evan Bayh earlier this week to, in their words, "...revamp national service programs and dramatically expand opportunities for public service." "The Senators bill is intended to encourage more Americans to serve in the military, as well as require universities to promote student involvement in community activities. It also increases the AmeriCorps program so it can handle up to 250,000 people a year in community service projects," Mr. Becker noted. "This ties in beautifully with President Bush's speech, and with American's need for a way to participate. We'll all benefit from these efforts."

JWV is dedicated to America's veterans. Through its hospital, rehabilitation and veterans' service programs, JWV assists the Veterans' Service Offices in major cities throughout the country. JWV supports the underprivileged, homeless, and handicapped of our nation through a variety of civic betterment projects, including low-cost, federally subsidized senior citizens housing. JWV is a familiar presence on Capitol Hill, providing its opinions on matters of National Defense and the Armed Forces.

 

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