Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Military and Veterans Groups Unite to Call for End to Government Shutdown

Fall 2013

                               


The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) and The Military Coalition (TMC), a coalition of 33 of the leading veterans and military organizations, came together Tuesday morning at the World War II Memorial to demand an end to the ongoing federal government shutdown. They protested the inability of both houses of Congress to pass a continuing resolution to reopen the government which hurts veterans, servicemembers, families, and survivors.

“The Administration and Congress don’t have our backs,” said Herb Rosenbleeth, JWV National Executive Director and TMC President. “The shutdown is eroding military readiness, veterans are afraid they will not be receiving disability and pension checks, dependents and survivors are afraid they will not receive their benefits. This shouldn’t be happening.”

As the nation enters its third week of shutdown, it is unclear if veterans will receive the disability and education benefits they have earned. With the recent lapse in funds for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), many of the services veterans and their families rely on are no longer available. Unless the government reopens, the VA’s disability claims backlog will continue to grow.

“Our veterans have served this country; and we need the country to serve our veterans, our military personnel, their dependents and survivors,” said Rosenbleeth. “We have an obligation as a nation to fulfill our promise to the men and women who have served. It’s time for Congress and the Administration to stop playing politics with our veterans.”

For video of the rally, visit http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/EndtheG. High resolution photos are available by request at .

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 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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