About the Committee:

Jewish War Veterans has implemented a Committee for Women Veterans. I am honored to serve as the Chair. Women have served in the military unofficially and officially since the beginning of this country. Presently, Jewish War Veterans have women veterans from World War II to the present.

Goals:

  • Jewish War Veterans, as well as other veterans service organizations, must bring female veterans issues to the public and Congress.
  • The VA is just beginning to address the concerns of women veterans, such as creating a women’s health section.  We are committed to seeing this through.
  • JWV’s Women in the Military Committee will be canvassing for input on the issues and concerns of our female veterans. We desire to represent these interests at the National Executive Committee and beyond.
  • We need female veterans mentoring our newer female veterans within JWV.  We are committed to seeing a female National Commander in our future.

2019 Legislative Priorities:

Suicide Prevention:

Current research puts veterans suicides at 20 deaths per day. This is unacceptable. Even one veteran suicide a day is too many. The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) strongly urges the members of Congress to place this important issue high on their priority list.Data released this past summer show that veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide than non-veterans. It also shows that the rate is highest among post 9/11 veterans ages 18-24. Female veterans are least likely to reach out for help, and veterans over age 55 and those who served during a peacetime experience had the highest rates overall.

  • JWV urgently asks Congress to fund research which will help eradicate veteran suicide. Additionally, the VA needs new ways of reaching out to veterans in need of mental healthcare. The VA must have enough healthcare providers to ensure quick access for veterans in need.

Ending Veteran Homelessness:

We know that veteran homelessness is a very big issue – especially with veterans with PTSD.  However, it is particularly tough on female veterans with homelessness because they also are the caregivers for their family.  So, we are not talking about one person being homeless, but an entire family when it comes to our female veterans.  That is why JWV is supporting the Keeping Our Committment to End Veteran Homelessness Act (S. 1759), which provides funding for programs to end veteran homelessness and specifically address the issues female veterans face in homelessness.

Meet the Committee Chairwoman!

Sheila Berg spent 29 years in the Air Force Reserves. Although she worked as a clinical social worker in the civilian sector, she started her Air Force career with a personal goal to be trained as a jet engine mechanic.  She learned a different process to view and solve problems. Her experiences include creating the Family Support program at Dover Air Force Base. Her final assignment was in the command of a flying squadron.

At Dover AFB, she had the opportunity to develop programs, participate in Wing Level programs such as the Wing Picnic, and Senior Enlisted management courses at the Pentagon.