Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Supports the Proposed “Welcome Home GI Bill”

Spring 2005

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) enthusiastically supports the "Welcome Home GI" bill as must legislation currently before the Congress. Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to those currently serving as they protect our nation from the ravages of terrorism, and this bill will go far in paying that debt to our brave men and women in uniform. The bill would provide benefits to anyone who has served at least six consecutive months in either Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11. These benefits would be in the areas of improved health care, education, job-training assistance and housing, including a tax-free $5,000 down payment on a home in addition to existing VA home loan guarantees. One of the most important aspects of this bill is that it ensures benefits for all who have served, not just for active duty personnel. Under the current benefits structure, the benefits due to reserve and National Guard troops are far lower than those for active duty personnel and have resulted in a system where the Guard and reserve troops have come to be treated like second-class citizens even though they are putting their lives on the line to defend our country in the same way as the active duty personnel. The enemy does not distinguish between them in combat; we should not distinguish between them after they have served. Those who are on the front line are defending the freedom under which we live. We owe them a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay. The "Welcome Home GI" bill is an appropriate and fitting way to say "thank you" to them for their service and sacrifice. We urge the Congress to pass this legislation with all deliberate speed.

 

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