Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

National Commander Allen Falk Testifies Before Joint House and Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

March 2012

Washington, DC—Before a room packed with veterans, dependents, active duty personnel, congressional staffers and visitors, Allen E. Falk, National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV), forcefully and eloquently presented the legislative priorities and concerns of the American veteran community to a panel of Senators and House Representatives.

National Commander Falk focused on many issues affecting service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the needs of older veterans. The key points of his testimony centered on:

• Providing adequate resources to service men and women with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

• The stress and strain experienced by service members who have been repeatedly deployed to war zones.

• The disconnect between American society and returning combat veterans.

The joint session of the committee allowed Falk, and the representatives of other major veterans’ service organizations, to appeal directly to the members to ensure the veteran community’s concerns factor into legislation that affects their benefits. The National Commander’s yearly testimony allows JWV to more affectively advocate for the rights of the veterans it represents.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization 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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