Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Supports the Right to Serve

Summer 2017

In a surprise series of tweets, President Trump announced on July 26, 2017 that transgender troops would no longer be allowed to serve in the military – saying the U.S. military “would not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. stands for respecting all individuals without regard to race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We remain committed to supporting all our troops no matter their background. Those who serve honorably deserve the same respect and honor as any other member of the Armed Forces.

We urge the President work with his Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense to develop a policy that reflects factual analysis and shows respect for the individuals who serve our nation proudly. We believe that by listening to wise council, the President will be able to make the right decisions that support our troops and ensure our national security.

“Echoing what the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., said yesterday… We intend for the U.S. military to employ our great nation’s best and brightest in protecting our country and upholding the values of the American people. Permitting qualified individuals from all backgrounds serves this goal,” says JWV National Commander COL Carl A. Singer. He adds: "To quote a former officemate of mine, the late Army General Maxwell R. Thurman, ‘be all you can be.’ "

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations 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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