The membership and status lists of the JWV, and any of its Subsidiary, affiliate and subordinate Organizations, are proprietary and confidential, and are the sole property ofJWV, and may not be circulated, delivered or transferred, without the express written consent of a committee of them National Commander, National Executive Director and the Chairman of the National Executive Committee. Failure to comply shall be a disciplinary offense under the terms of the Bylaws.
Any person of the Jewish faith of good character, who is a citizen of the United States of America, who was regularly enlisted, drafted, inducted or commissioned, and who was accepted for, and assigned to, active duty in the armed forces of the United States of America (including the National Guard and Reserves), in any of its wars, campaigns, conflicts, or as may be further set forth in the Bylaws; or who being a citizen of the United States of America, at the time of his or her entry therein, served on active duty in the United States of America, during any of the said wars, campaigns, conflicts, or expeditions; may be elected to active membership, provided, however, that no person, discharged or released under conditions other than honorable from any such service, shall be eligible to membership.
Election and obligation to active membership shall confer full and equal rights with all other active members of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, without limitation, except as may be provided in the Bylaws, and provided that he or she is in good standing with the National Organization.
Any person who is a citizen of the United States of America, and of the Jewish faith, not otherwise eligible to Active Membership, shall be eligible for Associate Membership and be entitled to all the rights and privileges of active members, except the right to act as a delegate of any echelon, provided he or she qualify as follows:
a) Who, during the time of any war, campaign or conflict in which the United States of America was an active participant, was a member of the armed forces of any country allied to the United States of America in that war, campaign or conflict, provided however, that no person, discharged or released under conditions other than honorable from any such service shall be eligible for membership. (Amended 8/97)
b) Who, having served in the armed forces of the United States of America (including the National Guard and Reserves), on active duty during a time other than as provided for in the eligibility period provisions of the National Bylaws, provided however, that no person discharged or released under conditions other than honorable from any such service shall be eligible for membership. (Amended 8/97)
All life members shall be considered active members, for all purposes, without the obligation for payment of dues. The National Executive Committee is authorized to make adjustments in life membership arrangements with the Posts, District and County Councils, Departments or Members-at-Large, as it may deem proper under the circumstances.
Distinguished Life Members
Upon certificate of the National Executive Director, that any veteran otherwise eligible for active or associate membership, is a service-connected paraplegic, or double amputee, or is suffering from a service-connected total blindness, the National Executive Committee, after investigation and report, and upon recommendation of a National Executive Committeeman, may award such a veteran a Distinguished Life Membership. Such member, upon obligation, shall be considered an active or associate member, as determined by the eligibility requirements, for all purposes, without the obligation for payment of dues.
The JWV may, with the written consent of the next of kin of a member of the armed forces, of the Jewish faith, who died while in the active service of the armed forces of the United States of America, as set forth for active membership, add the name of such person to the roster of deceased members of the JWV.
Any person, who is a citizen of the United States of America, of the Jewish faith, and of good character, and who is on active duty in any of the branches or units of the armed forces of the United States of America, may be elected to active membership in the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, while engaged in that service. Election and obligation to such active membership shall confer full and equal rights with all other active members of the Organization during such term. In-Service members shall be exempt from the payment of dues; and Posts shall be relieved from the obligation of transmitting the applicable per-capita tax to National Headquarters, Departments, District or County Council for such member.
Hereafter, any citizen of the United States of America, not eligible to active membership, who has performed distinguished or faithful service for the United States of America, or for this Organization, may be elected to Honorary Membership. Honorary membership in the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America may be conferred only by a National Convention, after investigation and report received from a Committee designated by the National Executive Committee.
A Post, Department, County or District Council or the National Organization, may only designate or award "Patron" status to those who subscribe to, pursue or reflect the purpose, policies and aims of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America as follows:
a. a father, a mother, a wife, a child or children, a brother or a sister of the person or persons for whom a Post is named;
b. and Gold Star fathers, mothers, widows, child or children.
a. Holocaust Survivors,
b. Public Officials,
c. Veterans and Non-Veterans,
d. and institutional, organizational, corporate or business contributors.
All presentations, designations or awards of such status are revocable at will by the granting echelon or by the National Headquarters. Patrons may not hold any elective office or act as a delegate of any echelon.
A card, certificate or other appropriate momento designed, designated and issued by National Headquarters may be presented annually to the recipient of such Patron status.
National Headquarters shall be notified in writing of the name and address of any person or other entity so designated as a Patron.
Each echelon may suggest a recommended contribution for any Patron.
The National Organization may directly invoice and collect annual Patron contributions. The National Organization shall furnish each annual Patron during any year in which a contribution is received the following:
a. The Jewish Veteran or other materials and publications of general interest;
b. An identification card indicating the status as a Patron and the year of such Patron status;
c. Such other materials that the National Organization may make available to every member in good standing; National Headquarters shall make available to Patrons a cap which shall contain the legend Patron either as to piping and/or color or design so as to distinguish it in some fashion from members; such design may be by executive order of the National Commander and may change from time to time; Patrons may obtain, upon renewal, additional designation of additional letters to be placed upon such distinctive cap appropriate charge for the hat, lettering, and piping and other incidents thereto as may be determined from time to time by executive order of the National Commander;
d. Patrons may not serve as delegates, but may attend National Conventions and International Conferences of the Jewish War Veterans as official observers;
e. Unless a rule is invoked placing a meeting in executive session, they shall be permitted to attend all meetings; such convention, meeting, or session may impose rules which authorize or allow Patrons to address the meeting or session; in the absence of such rule, and, the failure of the session to waive any objection, no patron will have the right to speak or debate.