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.