Entries by Iryna Apple

Memories of a Jewish War Hero

By Jeffrey Blonder May 20, 2020 marked the 11th anniversary of the death of U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte. A roadside bomb killed Schulte while traveling to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. She was only 25-years-old and the first female graduate of the Air Force Academy to die in combat. I met […]

JWV Believes in Equality

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America believes in equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal treatment for American citizens regardless of race.    Black Americans are just that – Americans.   They deserve to be cared about by the American people, listened to by the American government, fought for by the American […]

JWV Thanks VA for Starting Process to Remove Gravestones with Nazi Symbols

JWV worked with officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs on a solution for the headstones of German prisoners of war that feature swastikas and mention the Fuhrer. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has informed us that his department will begin the process of removing the offensive headstones and replacing them with appropriate markers. We thank Sec. […]

JWV Condemns Vandalism of WWII Memorial

The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) supports the right of everyone to participate in peaceful protests against the unjustified killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.  However, the actions of a small minority of protestors has gone too far – especially when it comes to the desecration of a memorial dedicated to the valiant […]

JWV Working With VA to Address Swastikas on Gravestones

The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. is working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the issue of Nazi symbols on three graves in military cemeteries. JWV wants the gravestones with swastikas and inscriptions that reference the Fuhrer removed from public view and replaced with new gravestones, but retained privately for historical purposes. […]

JWV Condemns Nazi Symbolism at Anti-Quarantine Protests

During this extraordinary time in our country’s history, many Americans have protested strict stay-at-home orders issued by their state’s governors. Nazi slogans and symbols have appeared on signs at rallies in the states of Michigan, Illinois, and Idaho, among others. While the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV) firmly believes in […]

VA Secretary Wilkie Addresses JWV and JWVA Members at NEC 2020

By Cara Rinkoff The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is stronger than ever before, and is working hard for all veterans. This is just one part of the message delivered by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie when he addressed members of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. during its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on […]

National Commander Weiner Testifies Before Congress

By Cara Rinkoff The Jewish War Veterans National Commander Harvey Weiner testified before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on February 26. Weiner decided to deviate from the typical testimony given by our organization’s commander, and instead submitted our legislative priorities in a written document. For his oral testimony before […]

The Aleph Institute and the JWV

By Larry Jasper I have previously written about my collaboration with Rabbi Irv Elson of the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) as part of an effort to reach out to veterans while they are still on active duty. Elson has access to Jewish chaplains and lay leaders around the world. The goal is to use those […]

A Special Birthday Celebration

By Barry Lischinsky On Sunday, December 15, members of JWV and the JWVA gathered to celebrate North Shore Post 220 member Lillian Aronson’s 102nd birthday. At the age of 26, Aronson volunteered to join the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). She became a career soldier, spending the next 20 years on active duty and achieving […]