Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Department Awards

Feureisen Award

The Feureisen award is for the Department which has done the most for hospitalized veterans during the year since last Convention.

The Department Commander or proper Department Officer or committee should submit a statement showing veterans’ hospitalization and veterans’ hospital activities in which the Department has participated during the past year.

To properly evaluate this entry, it should contain:

  • Number of men and women involved
  • Names and numbers of youth groups involved, if any
  • Activities associated with Veterans Administration Voluntary Service
  • Activities associated with Armed Services Hospital, if any
  • Statements from managers as well as other officers of the hospital served. (It is suggested that copies, rather than originals be submitted to prevent loss of originals);
  • Total numbers of HOURS spent in above activities, with a breakdown according to type of activities as shown above: and
  • Any other evidence showing extent of efforts.

Wolfson Award

The Wolfson award is for the Department which has the most outstanding record in community relations.

To be eligible, entries should consist of statements submitted by the Department Commander or Chairmen of Committees on Community Relations, outlining the extent of the community relations program, with supporting evidence where available. The entry should show:

  • Kinds of community relations programs;
  • Number of people involved both as volunteers and as participants;
  • Awards, if any, received from local authorities;
  • Relations with other veterans groups;
  • Joint community relations projects with both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations as well as other illustrations of good relations;
  • Newspaper comments, notices, pictures, etc., publicizing community relations programs and events;
  • Statements or other evidence of community relations programs. (Copies rather than originals should be submitted, except by registered mail); and
  • Any event or events which, in the opinion of the person submitting the entry, further enhances the position of the Department in regard to good community relations.

Outstanding Record of Service to State Soldier Homes/Veteran Memorial Homes

Awarded to the Department which has the most outstanding accomplishments and achievements in servicing State Soldier Homes or State Veteran Memorial Homes.

To be eligible, the Department Commander or Committee Chair should describe in full detail the program. The statement should include:

  • Department Commander’s and Department Hospital chairperson’s names;
  • Annual overall number of patients serviced;
  • Description of programs (i.e. bingo, movies, or other events);
  • Number of Department members and volunteers involved in administering programs;
  • Newspaper publicity, direct mail and other evidence of program.

National Commander’s Award

This plaque is presented to the Department which has performed outstanding service in any general or specific endeavor above and beyond the line of duty.

To be eligible, the Department Commander or Committee Chairman should submit a statement describing the endeavor in full detail:

  • All persons involved;
  • Evidence showing extent of effort;
  • Newspaper publicizing, radio or TV announcements, direct mail promotions, etc.

Edward D. Blatt Award

This is to be given to the outstanding Department Commander of the year.

A Council or post Commander may recommend the name of a Department Commander to the Council of Administration for their approval. Upon approval, the Department Adjutant will submit evidence on the accomplishments of the Department Commander to the Chairman, National Awards Committee. Although Department accomplishments are important, it is more important that emphasis be placed on the personal role of the Department Commander in bringing about these results. In submitting the entry, the following information should be supplied:

  • The number and frequency of Department meetings;
  • The number of hours spent by the Department Commander on behalf of the Department;
  • The number of installation meeting and other events.
  • The events of other organizations attended by the Department Commander as an official representative of JWV;
  • Department project originated by the Department Commander;
  • The extent of participation of the Department Commander in all Department projects;
  • Any other evidence to support the claim that the Department Commander is the most outstanding in the country.

Brotherhood Award

This award is to be given to the Department which, during the previous year, has contributed the most to fostering the concept of Brotherhood.

To be eligible, entries should consist of statements submitted by Department Commander or Chairman of an appropriate committee, outlining the extent of the post’s Brotherhood Program, with supporting evidence, where available. The entry should show:

  • Kinds of Brotherhood Programs;
  • Number of people involved;
  • Newspaper publicity, direct mail promotions, etc. and
  • Testimonial letter from public officials, other organizations, etc.

Blood Donor Program Award

Award to the Department which has the most outstanding accomplishments and achievements in Blood Donor Programming.

To be eligible, the Department Commander or Committee Chairman should describe in full detail the program. The statement should include:

  • Department Commander’s and Department Blood Chairman’s names;
  • Number of pints of blood contributed in the Department;
  • Participation in bloodmobiles and cooperation with Red Cross, Hospitals, etc.;
  • Sponsorship of blood donor days and other similar events;
  • Description blood donor plan, including collection and distribution of blood
  • Number of people involved in administering program;
  • Newspaper publicity, direct mail and other evidence of program.

National Emergency Management Service Award

This award will be presented at the National Convention in recognition of the Department with the most distinguished achievements by their Post or Council for Emergency Management Service. It will be given to the Department exhibiting the following criteria:

  • Service to local/county/state/regional Emergency Management Organizations.
  • Participation in community program for Emergency Preparedness and Operations.
  • Efforts in preparation for, and in achieving successful response to the consequences of terrorist activities.

Joseph Demiany Memorial Award

The plaque is contributed by Lila Demiany, the widow of Joseph Demiany. It will be awarded to the Department that has done the most toward the advancement of Scouting during the year.

To be eligible, a Commander or appropriate committee should submit a statement showing Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Explorer, Girl Scout, etc. activities in which the Department participated during the past year. The entry should contain:

  • All Department Scouting program activities and support. Describe these programs, etc;
  • Names and numbers of all Posts within the Department that sponsored a scout unit or units, giving the scout unit’s number;
  • Names and numbers of all Posts within the Department that supported scouting in other ways. Describes this support;
  • Extent of leadership of scouting movement provided by members of Post within Department, giving names of Council members, Committee Commissioners, Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, etc. Also names of recipients of major scouting awards such as the Silver Beaver;
  • Number of JWV Eagle Scout certificates presented by Department and Posts within the Department; and
  • f. In addition, figures supplied by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be used.

Your report must be returned by July 17, 2015, to Dr. Barry Schneider, National Scouting Chairman, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

***The Scouting survey is enclosed with this packet. If you need additional forms, visit http://www.jwv.org or contact National Headquarters.


Outstanding Department Website Award

This award shall be presented to the department with the most outstanding website. To be eligible for this award, a department must submit its web address to JWV National Headquarters to be linked to the National website. No binder submission is required to be eligible for this award. Judging will take place in the weeks prior to the National Convention. The winner will be chosen by the IT Committee based on the following criteria:


JROTC Program of the Year

The JROTC award is presented to the department that has done the most to support JROTC in the last year. The winner is selected by the JWV National JROTC Committee based on responses to the 2015 JROTC Survey. Completed surveys must be returned by July 17, 2015, to Jewish War Veterans of the USA, ATTN: JROTC Survey, 1811 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

***The JROTC Survey is enclosed with this packet. If you need additional surveys, visit http://www.jwv.org or contact National Headquarters.