Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Jewish War Veterans of the USA Elects Allen Falk as National Commander

August 2011

On August 12, 2011, Allen E. Falk of Matawan, New Jersey, was elected National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, America's oldest active veterans' organization.

Allen entered OCS at Quantico, VA, in September 1967, and spent a year as JAG Officer at Camp Pendleton. He served as a Captain with the First Marine Division in Viet Nam, where he was trial counsel and investigating officer, and defense counsel in two murder cases. Upon his return to the US, he was assigned to JAG Camp LeJeune as Chief of Defense Section.

Most recently, Allen has served as National Judge Advocate of the JWV since 2005, and he also sits on the Board of Directors of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Allen's contributions to the veterans' community include eight years as volunteer chairman of the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission. The results of the Commission's landmark “Pointman” research project were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and helped Congress establish its "presumptive conditions" criteria for Agent Orange exposure. He was also appointed by former VA Secretary Derwinski to the VA’s committee on the health-related effects of herbicides.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Allen formed a law firm with Patrick Healy in 1972. The firm of Healy & Falk continues to operate today in Belford, NJ. In addition to the private practice of law, Allen has served as the part-time Prosecutor for numerous municipalities in Central New Jersey. Allen has still found time to serve his community as a volunteer fireman and as Township Department Fire Chief.

He and his wife, Leah, have five children and ten grandchildren.


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