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.

This is an excerpt from a letter that JWV received from Randy Reeves, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, in response to a phone call about this issue:

“As discussed, NCA is tasked with and responsible for stewardship and preservation of historical accuracy as it relates to artifacts and the overall historic landscape of our National Cemeteries.  For that reason, there are no plans to disturb those grave sites.
As we agree, this is a very important discussion and, as with any case like this, we have a responsibility to look at all perspectives, circumstances and associated history.  As I said yesterday, our historians and others are continuing to do extensive research and fact finding to better inform this as we continue discussions with our many stakeholders.  We look forward to our continued dialogue and partnership with you and JWV.  Your opinions and perspectives are very important us.”

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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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 everyone’s first amendment right to protest, we are appalled by the use of Nazi symbolism at some of the protests taking place across the country.

JWV also condemns those comparing Coronavirus quarantine orders and elected officials to the Holocaust and Nazi leaders.

“The JWV will always expose and condemn the virus of anti-Semitism, wherever and whenever it raises its sickly head,” says National Commander Harvey Weiner.

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.

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America calls on President Donald Trump to apologize for his insensitive remarks about service members who received traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during a missile attack by Iran on U.S. bases in Iraq on January 8.

Trump originally said there were no injuries to any American personnel after the missile attack.  The Department of Defense has since announced at least 34 service members suffered TBIs.

In response to reports of service members with TBIs, Trump said, “I heard they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I can report that it’s not very serious.”  Trump also said, “I don’t consider them [TBIs] severe injuries relative to other injuries that I have seen.”

Both of these remarks are counterproductive at a time when TBIs are becoming a more common injury among members of the military and must be taken seriously.

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.

On January 27, 1945 a group of soldiers from the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of that liberation.

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America calls on Jews and non-Jews around the world to remember the over one million people who were killed at the camp before the liberation and those who managed to survive.

The horrific events that took place at Auschwitz and other concentration camps should never be forgotten.  As the number of survivors dwindle, we must ensure that future generations are aware of what happened so history can never repeat itself.

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.

The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. strongly condemns the latest in a series of violent attacks against Jews in the greater New York City area, including the latest in Monsey, New York.

JWV thanks the police for their work to quickly apprehend the man believed to be responsible for stabbing five people inside a rabbi’s home on the 7th night of Hanukkah.

We pray for the speedy recovery of those who were hurt and their families.

JWV supports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s move to direct the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to “hold the attacker accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Our organization will continue its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism wherever it exists and speak up for not only Jewish veterans, but the Jewish people.

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.

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV) strongly condemns the anti-Semitic attack on the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey, which took place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. We mourn the losses of community members Moshe Deutsch and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez and shop owner Mindy Ferencz. We also mourn the loss of Jersey City police detective Joseph Seals, a father of five. We send our condolences and well wishes to all their friends and family and ask that their names be remembered as a blessing.

According to a Reuters report in 2018, anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose by 13%, with the steepest rise occurring in major Western democracies. Anti-Semitism, and hate in general, is not unique to the left or right, nor black or white. Hate comes in all faiths, colors, and ideologies.  We call for our elected leaders and community leaders to come together and tackle the rise in hate head on.

As we approach the holiday of Chanukah, we remember the story of the Maccabees and their fight against the Greeks and King Antiochus. The Jewish people were forbidden to read the Torah, pray in the temple, and practice Judaism freely. If it were not for the brave actions of a few Maccabees, our faith would have failed us.

Lastly, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States would also like to thank all Jersey City First Responders for their swift response to the scene. If it were not for them, this senseless act of hate could have been far worse.

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.

November 15, 2019

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV), along with more than a dozen other veteran organizations are calling on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie to add four pending diseases to the Agent Orange presumptive disease list.

As the letter indicates, we support the addition of bladder cancer, hypothyroid conditions, Parkinson-like symptoms, and hypertension to the list as recommended by the National Academy of Medicine.

JWV is concerned that veterans, family members, and survivors have waited three years while the VA considered adding these conditions.

It is imperative that the wait ends now for those men and women who served in Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange.

November 15, 2019

The Honorable Robert Wilkie
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20571

Mr. Secretary:

On behalf of the millions of veterans, service members, their families and survivors that our organizations represent, we call on you to immediately add the four pending diseases recommended by the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, to the Agent Orange presumptive disease list.

The National Academy of Medicine’s “Veterans and Agent Orange” update published in 2016 concluded that there was compelling evidence for adding bladder cancer and hypothyroid conditions as presumptive diseases. Further, the study clarified that Vietnam veterans with “Parkinson-like symptoms,” but without a formal diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, should be considered under the presumption that Parkinson’s disease and the veterans’ are service connected.

The report noted that although VA has not found hypertension to be presumptively related to service in Vietnam, the committee reaffirmed the conclusions of previous studies that hypertension should be placed in the category of limited or suggestive evidence of association.

The December 2018 National Academy of Medicine report went even further, concluding that there was now sufficient evidence of a relationship between hypertension and Agent Orange and recommended it be added to the presumptive list.  However, VA has yet to take any actions on these four presumptive diseases, leaving thousands of veterans waiting.

At a March 2019 congressional hearing, Dr. Richard Stone, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) indicated that a decision on these presumptions could be released within 90 days.  At a Senate hearing in September, Dr. Patricia Hastings, VA Chief Consultant, Post-Deployment Health, noted that VA leadership, in accordance with Policy 0215, had been actively considering the addition of these diseases since early summer.

We are especially concerned by the recent release of internal documents that indicate Administration officials challenged the previous Secretary’s authority to add these four diseases and may have even impeded action.  Even more troubling is the possibility that the Administration is outweighing the cost of adding these diseases over those veterans in need of VA benefits and health care. Three of these pending presumptive diseases have been held up for more than three years, leaving affected veterans, family members and survivors waiting.


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.

October 30, 2019

It takes someone with great bravery and love of country to join the Armed Services of the United States.

Anyone who does is a patriot – including Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served honorably in Iraq, received a Purple Heart, and continues his service today.
The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A condemns anyone who feels otherwise.

As the oldest continually operating veterans’ organization for Jews, JWV will always stand up against anyone who questions the patriotism of a Jewish member of the military.

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.

October 28, 2019

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV) supports the Stopping Executive Overreach on Military Appropriations Act (SEOMA) proposed by U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington, as well as Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, and Brian Schatz.

JWV supports the portions of the legislation that would require President Trump and all future presidents to receive approval from Congress before redirecting military funds during a national emergency; prohibit military funds from being used to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; and return $3.6 billion taken for the wall to the military construction projects for which it was originally allocated.

From the beginning, JWV has strongly opposed the Trump administration’s efforts to divert military funding to aid with the construction of the wall, which is not a military project, along the border.   President Trump’s unilateral declaration of a national emergency does not justify him diverting funds from the military construction budget for the wall.

JWV calls on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass SEOMA as soon as possible, and calls on President Trump to stop diverting funds from military projects in order to fund the construction of a border wall.

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.

October 27, 2019

The mission statement of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) compels us “to combat the powers of bigotry and darkness wherever originating and whatever their target.”

Today we mark one year since the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.  JWV continues to pray for the families of the 11 people killed, as well as the six who were injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018.

The anniversary of this horrific event comes shortly after the American Jewish Committee revealed disturbing news about anti-Semitism in the United States.  Nearly nine out of every ten American Jews believe that anti-Semitism is a problem in our country, and more than one in eight believe it has increased in the past five years.

JWV will continue its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism wherever it exists and speaking up for not only Jewish veterans, but the Jewish people.

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.