FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a nonprofit that breeds, trains and places service dogs with Service Members and Veterans with visible and invisible wounds, has named one of its future services dogs from its Commitment Litter “Rochel” after Air Force Sergeant Rachelle ‘Rochel’ Suzanne Hayman.

“WCC names all its puppies after Service Members and Veterans who have made significant contributions to our nation,” Alyssa Malaspina, who coordinates WCC’s Namesake Program. “We take special care to honor heroes such as Rochel Hayman, to those who’ve served as far back as World War II to the present day. Learning from our living namesakes, their families, widows, moms, dads, siblings and friends is a rich tradition that honors their military service and helps to keep their legacies alive.”

“I know Warrior Canine Connection, and I know the critical impact they have with what they do.  When I heard they wanted to name one of their dogs after me, I was speechless and overwhelmed.  It’s such a tremendous merit I don’t feel deserving of, but my children are so excited and proud, so I accepted.  I trust WCC Rochel will serve with love and kindness and to the best of her capabilities,” Hayman said.

Air Force Sergeant Hayman grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Sgt. Hayman planned to study broadcasting in college, but her path took a turn upon meeting an Air Force recruiter who told her that she could pursue her interests in radio and television while serving in the military. Sgt. Hayman was stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan for two years. While she predominately worked in radio, Sgt. Hayman had many opportunities to enhance her live shows with interviews of touring pop music artists. After being stationed in Japan, Sgt. Hayman served for two and a half years on the island of Crete, Greece at the now closed Iraklion Air Station in both radio and television.

Later, when Radio and Television Broadcasting Specialists were sought to volunteer for duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield, Sgt. Hayman saw an opportunity to continue her service and was subsequently assigned to a radio pod in Dhahran at the beginning of the Gulf War. Sgt. Hayman continues to be grateful for her opportunities to use her skills and gifts in a positive way and in service to our nation.  She is an active member in the Jewish War Veterans of the USA and Chairwoman of the JWV Gulf War Committee.

For more information, please contact Programs and Public Relations Coordinator Cara Rinkoff at (202) 265-6280 ext. 413 or crinkoff@jwv.org.

About Warrior Canine Connection
Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to empower returning combat Veterans who have sustained physical and psychological wounds while in service to our country. Based on the concept of Warriors helping Warriors, WCC’s therapeutic service dog training program is designed to mitigate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other challenges, while giving injured combat Veterans a sense of purpose, and help in reintegrating back into their families and communities. For more information, visit www.warriorcanineconnection.org.

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 USA (JWV) strongly supports renaming ten military bases which currently commemorate and celebrate Confederate generals.

“The Jewish War Veterans of the USA, our nation’s oldest active veteran’s association, was founded in 1896 by Jewish Civil War veterans, who fought for the Union against the rebel forces led by these generals,” says National Commander Harvey Weiner.  “We owe it to these men and to all who fought against slavery in the Civil War not to honor these traitors by naming American military bases after them.”

Weiner also says “These bases should be renamed for soldiers of diverse races and religions who received the Congressional Medal of Honor and who trained or were stationed at that particular base.”

JWV supports the amendment approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of the NDAA to rename the bases, the standalone bill introduced in the Senate last week, as well as efforts in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that would set up a commission to make recommendations about renaming the bases.

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 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 military, and protected by the American police.
 
The Jewish community has a long history of fighting for civil rights alongside our black brothers and sisters.

 
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.

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. Wilkie and Randy Reeves, Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Memorial Affairs, for their decision.

JWV also appreciates the VA’s attempt to provide historical context for all cemeteries at which foreign prisoners of war are interred by placing interpretive signs at the locations.

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. (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 service of soldiers of all races during World War II.

“American soldiers fought to defeat Nazism and other authoritarian regimes, none of which would ever have allowed peaceful demonstrations to protest perceived injustices,” says JWV National Commander Harvey Weiner

JWV condemns those who vandalized the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on the night of May 31.

“To desecrate the World War II Memorial and other monuments denigrates those who fought and died to maintain the right to peaceful protest.  Martin Luther King, Jr., whom I peacefully protested with in Washington on August 23, 1963, would be appalled,” Weiner said.

 

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. 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.