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By Lance Wang, Editor I had the opportunity to interact with the Veterans Administration while in uniform, much more so since retiring from the Army. As with any large or ganization Ive encountered good and bad. Certainly the good is the dedicated functionaries who I encounter, many of whom are themselves veterans. I also have been particularly pleased with the service of a nearby VA CommunityBased Outreach Clinic which provides responsiveness that Ive never encoun tered from a big city VA facility. They have provided more continuity of care than I encountered in the military or the civilian world. However the bad side has certainly made itself known. I live in a border region of New York, and the ability of Veterans Administration fa cilities to talk across state lines is still bureaucratically challenged to a very frustrating degree. For instance, rather than referring 50 miles to the nearest VA Hospital in New York, they have to refer me to three times that distance to a facility in Vermont. The employees of the VA who I encounter know this limitation of their system, and share my frustration. I dont blame them. problems in the VA to solution stages? nor fowl it did not have the account ian medical agencies have, nor did it have the discipline to which a military agency was subjected. It was designed to replace a 19th century system which largely put the onus on charitable or ganizations and local communities to care for veterans. It was never fully re sourced to perform its mission, result ing in fraud and scandals like we saw in Arizonas VA system several years ago. Or it resulted in terribly substan dard care like revealed in a 1970 Life magazine expos called Our Forgotten Wounded regarding what Vietnam Veterans were encountering in VA hospitals, what Life called a medi cal slum. The complaint of the VA hospital administration in the article Were just not being funded so as to give our services. The workload for the VA has only increased since the editorial was writ creased some wounds that would have been certain to kill someone during the Vietnam War are now survivable. However, they are survivable in some cases with considerable follow-up care required, often for life. In addition, as our Vietnam veterans require geriatric medicine, demands will again rise. So, as in 1970, are we prepared to pay the By Adam Lammon In the late spring, the United States and Israel signed an agreement to exchange cadets between the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the University of Haifa, broadening a military relation ship which has endured for more than six decades. The American cadets will spend several months in 2018 training alongside Israeli students in Israels de cadet exchange program follows a long history of joint exercises such as the Blue Flag exercise between the air forces of the United States, Poland, Italy, Greece, India, France, Germany, and Israel that occurred in November the larg est international aviation exercise that the Israeli Air Force ever hosted. Although these programs bol ster the American-Israeli relation ship, the alliance was not always as robust as it is today. As Israeli professor Dr. Ephraim Kahana has de tailed, the Cold War aligned American and Israeli interests and caused their cooperation to blossom from its tep id beginnings. In the early-50s, the Israeli Mossad tried to entice greater cooperation from the American CIA by offering intelligence on the USSR that it received from Soviet Jews. Despite the fact that this information was in valuable for Americans operating in overcome the CIAs instinctive unease towards establishing ties to a foreign intelligence agency. However, this changed in 1956 after Mossad gave an exceedingly furtive document to the Volume 71 Number 4 2017 CONTENTS Dvrei HaShomrim ................... 2 Message From the Commander .............................. 3 On The Hill ................................. 4 Membership Corner ............... 6 JWV in the Community ......... 8 JWV and the VA ...................... 14 Reviews ..................................... 17 National Ladies Auxiliary .... 18 Museum News ....................... 20 TAPS ........................................... 22Lack of Accountability at the Department of Veterans Aairs Leaves Veterans FlabbergastedContinued on page 7 Continued on page 7 Israeli jet conducting joint exercise. Photo Credit: IDF BlogThe Legacy of the American-Israeli PartnershipNAZIS ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA! Commentary By PNC Dr. Robert PickardPage 4JWV and the VA Page 14 Register Now!Capitol Hill Action Days & NEC Meeting Page 3


2 The parsha for this Veterans Day is Chayei Sarah the life of Sarah. It is named that because it begins, Sarahs lifetime was one hundred years, and twen ty years, and seven years. It talks about Abrahams search for a burial site for Sarah as well as Eliezers (Abrahams servant) search for the perfect wife for Abrahams son, Isaac. bly relate Abrahams sending his servant to pick out a wife for his son Isaac to veterans? Abraham wanted a wife for his son Isaac not just any woman, but a good woman who would stand with her husband through all the ups and downs that come with marriage. So, he sends his servant (you might So what does any of this have to do with veterans and Veterans Day? Most of us have heard over the years that Uncle Sam wants a few good men (and women). So, our recruiters for the armed services look in nearly ev ery town for those special men and women to serve in todays Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard with the qualities that we expect in our soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and marines. members with a good moral compass. They will liter ally have decisions of life or death in their hands, and it is important that we have people who are compas sionate and patient when making decisions. We need people who know wrong from right and will uphold the Constitution. Making sure we have the right people in the military is of the utmost importance, and our recruit Isaac and Rebecca became a strong team, rais ing a family, moving often to assure pastures for their cattle and food for the family. They worked together; not against each other. It is the same with our soldiers. They work to gether to accomplish what, at times, seems impossible. We serve side by side, men and women. We both bear arms; we both go through extensive combat train ing. Having the right people to work together makes a world of difference when you need to get the plan done. But what happens after their service is over? Besides the search for Rebecca, the parsha talks a lot about Abrahams search for Sarahs burial place. the process, he pays an exorbitant price. However, Abraham does not mind paying such an expensive him and their family warrants such a price. When I returned home from service (I served during the Vietnam War) all I heard was Youre a baby killer, and Too bad you werent killed. We were spat upon; people would come up and slap you in the face and call you even worse names. It was the it was not pretty. For those of us who experienced battle, who were shot at or who found themselves in a position of kill ing that enemy soldier, the transition from military to civilian life is often not that easy. We made decisions that we will think about for the rest of our lives. We have really seen the worst humanity has to offer, and we do it in service of all Americans. Soldiers of today, our veterans of both yesterday and tomorrow, regardless of gender or rank, need to hear you say, Thank you for your service. They need However, they need more than a pat on the back; they need your support. Long gone are the days of the House and Senate being packed with veterans like Rep. Montgomery. When Congress comes looking for that there is no price too large to pay when it comes to our veterans. They more than earned it. I hope you all had a very meaningful Veterans Day! EDITORIAL OFFICE 1811 R Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20009 Telephone (202) 265-6280 x504 Fax (202) 234-5662 E-mail Web Site The Jewish Veteran is published 4 times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America 1811 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Periodical postage paid at Washington, DC, and at additional mailing oces. Postmaster: Send form 3579 to Jewish War Veterans, 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Subscription price in the United States is $5.00 per year, included in membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $10.00. Single copies: $2.50. Photos and articles submitted to The Jewish Veteran shall be used at the discretion of the organization. The opinions expressed in signed articles and letters in this magazine are not necessarily those of JWV. Advertising information and rates available from the Editorial Oce. JWV assumes no responsibility for products and services advertised in this publication. 2017 by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. NPA#112285 ISSN 047-2018. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The Jewish Veteran is the Ocial Publication of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America THE JEWISHVETERAN National Commander Paul D. Warner National Editor Lance Wang Managing Editor Anna Selman Graphics/Production Editor Christy Turner D'vrei HaShomrim Attention cantors, musicians, and others! JWV is partnering with the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) and the American Conference of Cantors to sponsor a new cantorial work for the U.S. Armed Forces. Dubbed the Song of Service, submissions must put the Prayer for the United States Armed Forces from the new edition of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council Siddur to original music. within the American Jewish community, this prayer will remind us that our American freedoms dont come without risk and cost, said JWB Director Rabbi Irving Elson. And that those who defend them should never be far from our prayers and our hearts. All submissions are due by March 1, 2018 and must include the English/Hebrew version of the prayer, a recording, and the musical score. The winner will receive a $1,250 cash prize. Contact Anna Selman at or 202-448-5409 for more information.Song of Service Contest JWV National Chaplain Jerry Farris Jewish Summer Camp Discounts for Military FamiliesRamah is a Jewish Summer Camp group with a network of 10 overnight camps and 4 day camps in North America. In appreciation of their service to the United States, Jewish families with at least one parent in active American military service are eligible for a 40% tuition discount at Ramah overnight camps. Families are welcome to apply for additional scholarship assistance from individual Ramah camps. For additional information, please contact the National Ramah ofce at (212) 678-8881 or email


3 National Commander Paul D. Warner, Ph.D. FROM THE COMMANDER MESSAGE Dear Chaveyrim and comrades, The theme for this issue of The Jewish Veteran is the Veterans Administration (VA). As always, we have a variety of interesting articles and perspectives to share, however with implementing a theme approach to each issue, it gives us an opportunity to align some of our feature articles around a common focus. We hope you enjoy the new format!Continuing ProblemsFor our transitioning service members, there is a continuing problem for them to transition into the civilian workplace. In fact, according to a survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 60 percent of respondents said they struggled translating their military skills into a barrier to employment. Many high-demand, goodpaying jobs such as paramedic, truck driver, nurse, state occupational license. Currently our national members and veterans to obtain these civilian their military training. Service members and veterans are often required to repeat education or training in order to receive these occupational credentials, even though muchand in some cases, allof their military training and experience overlaps with credential training requirements. Employers, many waiting for these military members to complete these often lengthy programsprograms many veterans could have taught themselves. Recommendations: 1. Congress, VA, DOD, and the Department of Education must work together to ensure collegebound veterans have access to quality pre-enrollment consumer information and post-enrollment consumer protections when utilizing their earned education 2. VA must develop quality metrics with which to evaluate student veteran success in higher education, solutions. 3. Congress needs to continue investing in campusbased support resources for student veterans, such as the VAs VetSuccess on Campus program (which should be expanded), and additional programs that support peer-to-peer support or offer resources to veterans. 4. Congress must also work with the Department of Education and VA to ensure veterans attending schools that are at risk of closing are given ample notice beforehand, as well as make sure veterans enrolled in schools that do close are not immediately cut off from their living stipend and do not lose their forgiveness of all student loans if the school should close.The Continuing Saga of the Blue Water NavyDuring the Vietnam War, approximately twenty mil lion gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed over the Republic of Vietnam, contaminating the lands, riv ers, harbors, and territorial seas. Under the Agent Orange Act of 1991, Blue Water Navy Veterans were ini tially entitled to presumptive ser vice-connected dis ability status, re lieving them of the burdensome pro cess of producing evidence that directly established However, in 2002, the VA reinterpreted the language of the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to apply only to vet erans who served in the inland waterways or set foot in the Republic of Vietnam. A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine shows a plausible pathway for Agent Orange to have entered the South China Sea via dirt and debris from rivers and streams. Additionally, a study conducted by the University of Queensland found that Australian ships distillation systems, which were identical to the systems used on U.S. Navy ships during the Vietnam War era, in fact, enriched the toxic dioxin in Agent Orange. This contaminated water was used for cooking, cleaning, showering, laundry, and drinking, exposing U.S. Navy personnel to high levels of the toxic chemical. We are joining other veterans organizations which are requesting the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to have the VA provide services to all veterans with Agent Orange-related diseases who served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. Capitol Hill Action Days & National Executive Committee MeetingFebruary 6 11, 2018 Capitol Hill Action Days February 7+8 National Executive Committee Meeting February 9 NMAJMH Board of Directors Meeting February 10Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport1999 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202 $155/night To book over the phone call 703-413-5500, say youre with the Jewish War Veterans or go to the reservation link at by January 5, 2018 to reserve your space!


4 ON THE HILLControversial Statements by Air Force Chaplain Sparks Review by Air Force Inspector General By Falk Kantor, Post 100Capt. Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chap lain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, posted an article in on September 12, 2017 that contained several controver sial remarks concerning service members and their ob ligations regarding their religion and the Constitution. In it he stated that Counterfeit Christians in the armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ, and they have no local church home which means they have no accountability for their souls. Further Chaplain Hernandez asserted that Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian world views to practice their religions because the language in the Constitution permits are grossly in error, and deceived. Further, Hernandez noted that Christian service members must share the Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved, and not support unbelievers to worship their false gods that will lead them to hell. He further alleged that It is impossible to submit to both the Bible and the Constitution as an ultimate authority because logic would prohib it this. Hernandez indicated that Christians in the military serve Satan if they sup port other service members rights to practice their own faiths. On September 15, 2017, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to ensuring that all members of the US armed forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of re Hernandez with the Department of Defense Deputy Inspector General for Administrative Investigations and recommended referral of this matter to the Air MRRF, whose founder and president is Michael L. Mikey Weinstein, stated on October 16, 2017, that tory of publicly subverting military regulations, his plaints lodged against him over the course of nearly two and a half years by MRRF, the Air Force has yet to discipline him in any way. On September 22, Stars & Stripes reported that after initially denying an investigation, the Air against Reserve chaplain Sonny Hernandez. An Air Force spokesman (Col Patrick Ryder) said that plaints made against Chaplain Hernandez that were The Stars & Stripes had earlier reported (September 20, 2017) that an Air Force Reserve spokesman (Lt Col Chad Gibson) said Hernandez is expressing his own views, not those of the Air Force, and his freedom to express his own faith is an essen tial protection of the military, and that the Air Force is not conducting an investigation. Just before Rosh Hashanah this 5778 (2017) I was asked to represent the Jewish War Veterans USA (JWV) on a telecon ference call from the White House. I ac cepted the honor. Participants on the call were rabbis and leaders of American Jewish organizations. First, Jared Kushner got on the line to introduce the President and to tell us how happy the President is to have a Jewish daughter. President Trump then spoke and declared what a great asset the Jewish Community of America is and wished us a "sweet year" (the traditional blessings said to one's family and friends at Jewish New Year). Prior to the call, the White House asked us to list concerns of the Jews of America. I did my homework. I thought I was going to be able to voice certain con cerns, nay fears, I have as a Jew in America today. That was not possible. I was disappointed, as this call was only a few weeks after the Nazi torch-lit march, la 1930s Germany, on the university campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here is what I wanted to convey to the President; positive comments about his support for veterans, and comments in response to the question of what are the over-riding concerns of the American Jewish Community today. POSITIVESJWV applauds President Trump's stance in support of all veterans. JWV applauds President Trump for honoring all Medal of Honor recipients including Tibor Rubin, a Jew and a survivor of the Holocaust and later a Korean POW camp where he was instrumental in saving the lives of many fellow US soldiers. Because of antiSemitism, Tibor Rubin was initially passed over for the Medal of Honor. JWV applauds President Trump's appointment of Dr. Donald J. Shulkin, M.D., a practicing physician, to JWV applauds President Trump's signing of the their dependents.JEWISH CONCERNS & FEARS IN AMERICAJews in America are concerned about the Presidents response to the torch-lit march on the campus of a noted university in Charlottesville, Virginia. FEAR is what we feel after the President stated that the violence in Charlottesville was "many sided" and that there were "good people on both sides" of that Nazi-induced riot. Jews and all Americans should be concerned and fear the threat of the rise of Neo-Nazism, White Power, KKK, and other hate groups in America. There are no "good" fascists or Nazis in America. Racial, ethnic, re ligious bias is an anathema here. Mr. President, my father was a soldier dur ing WWII. He was part of the GREATEST GENERATION which fought and died to free the world from Nazi tyranny. Jews lost 6 million inno cents at the hands of the Nazis. "Never again" is not just a slogan. President Trump, you are said to be a master of perception. The perception of the American Jewish community today is that the Government has taken a step back from religious protections in America. Many of us believe that the White House is not doing enough, nor saying enough, to combat Nazism in any form or name in America. No group which espouses racial or ethnic superi ority has a place in America. The First Amendment does not condone rioting and the cause of the Charlottesville riot was the Nazis. These are they who one of those who went to Chicago in 1978 and took part in the counter march against the Nazis when they threatened to march in predominantly Jewish Skokie, Illinois. We would prefer that the legitimate govern ment and police organizations keep the peace. Our government needs to stop these Nazis in their tracks, not offer aid, comfort, and accommodation. President Trump, with all due respect Sir, we Jews of America need you to reassure us that Jews are safe here. You might quote from George Washington's "letter to the Jews of Rhode Island". He said that the US "gives to bigotry no sanction, and to persecution no assistance". He went on to reassure those Jews of their safety in America (Micah 4:4): "Each (Jew) man make him afraid". Micah/Washington's words led to to our Constitution. Jews need your voice now and always. President Trump, we need you to quote Washington "may the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants."NAZIS ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA! Chaplain Hernandez. Photo Credit: US Air Force.NAZIS ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA! Commentary By PNC Dr. Robert Pickard


5 ON THE HILLFrom 1982-84, I was part of a three-man rabbi-priestminister chaplain team assigned to Commander 6th Fleet on the USS Puget Sound. I visited all US ships in the Mediterranean in addition to frequent visits to the Marines in Beirut. On October 21, 1983, I was sent to Beirut in order to lead a memorial service for explaining that I would not travel on Shabbat, I stayed until Sunday October 23, when the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah terrorist attack took the lives of 241 men 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and 3 Soldiers. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded, and for the Marines, it was the deadliest attack since the WWII Battle of Iwo Jima. Four days after the attack, Vice President George H. W. Bush led a White House team to visit the survivors, asking me to write a report of the bombing and its aftermath for President Ronald Reagan. The president read that report in full to the 20,000 attendees of the Rev. Jerry Falwells Baptist Fundamentalism 84 convention in Washington, DC. As I look back at the terrorist attack 34 years later, vides background for the 1983 attack and some of my It was that morning, October 23, when the truck crashed through the gate, and two hundred and fortyus in Beirut understood the terror in the word ter rorism. There was an immediate reaction, a feeling that we should expand our perimeters, to ensure that the next attack would be more distant from our center. If you cant stop a terrorist who is willing to die, then you must make him die farther away. In the future, I think all of us would think differently about Israels need for buffer zones. The Marines were heroic that day, risking life and limb to save their comrades. Amidst the rubble, we found the plywood board which we had made for our Peace-keeping Chapel. The Chaplain Corps seal had been hand-painted, with the words Peacekeeping above it, and Chapel below it. Now, Peace-keeping was legible, but the bottom of the plaque was destroyed. The idea of peace above, and the reality of war below. the ships was inevitable given the deteriorating situa tion within Lebanon. There was some hesitation be cause no one wanted to send out a message that terror ism works, but the response to the changing situation had to take one of two forms: withdrawal from our positions on land or a massive build-up. As we pulled back, there was some talk of fail ure, but these Marines did not fail. They served with strength and with courage, never succumbing to the hatred around them, never giving in to the urge to avenge their fallen comrades. It was the international effort to negotiate peace which failed, despite the time the peace-keepers had bought for the diplomats. Mark Twain once wrote that a cat which sits on a hot stove will never do so again, but it will most likely never sit on a cold stove either. I hope we will not overreact to our experience in Lebanon, and losing courage to try again to help when the cause seems just even if helping means taking risks. The Jewish teaching is Where there is no man, strive to be a man. Or, as William Cohen, a Jewish poet, has translated it: Where there is no humanity, you be human ity. In Beirut, we Americans strove to be human, despite the inhumanity which sometimes seemed to surround us. For a time, our presence seemed to make a difference seemed to give breathing space for hatreds to cool, and working space for diplomats and politicians to confer. It is inspiring how many of our men who have suffered here still speak in terms of an effort which was worthwhile, and a goal which was and I hesitate to use the word when it is chic to be cynical noble. During Purim, as I sat with the Marines on the ships so close to Lebanon, we read the Book of Esther, the story of personal vendetta, religious hatred, and political intrigue. Somehow Jews kept faith. Perhaps this was the real miracle of the Purim story.Remembering the Beirut Barracks Bombing By Rabbi Arnold Resnico, Post 212 Chaplain Arnold Resnico, at the Benediction of Beirut Bombing.Just as U.S. Military Forces were storming Saddam Husseins Intelligence Building in 2003, our soldiers stumbled upon a treasure trove of Jewish Iraqi arti facts that belonged to a 2,000 year old community. The sacred writings and belongings of the Iraqi Jewish Community were badly damaged through years of Forces quickly developed a plan to save the thousands of relics, and in 2003, our government and the Iraqi provisional government came to an agreement that af ter the documents were restored in the United States, they would be returned to the Iraqi government. To date, the U.S. government has spent over 3 million dollars and 10 years to restore and digitalize the ar chive, which included thousands of manuscripts from the Jewish community of Iraqi. This summer, in yet another blow to the mem ory of Jewish Middle Eastern History, the Trump Administration announced that they would not ask for an extension regarding the Iraqi Jewish Artifacts and would return the artifacts to the Iraqi government in early 2018. In fact, these items were meant to be re turned to the Iraqi government in 2014. However due to the war with ISIS within Iraq at that time, the U.S. decided that the Iraqi government was not a suitable guardian of the documents because they were unable to provide the proper upkeep. In almost unanimity, the Jewish communities of the United States and Israel have demanded that the archives either stay in the United States or be given to the government of Israel for safekeeping, and it is understandable why. These artifacts belonged to the Jewish Iraqi People, whose community can be dated back to the de struction of the First Temple. After almost 2,000 years living in Iraq, the Iraqi Jewish community was sub Iraqi government families were murdered and the community was brutalized. After the establishment of the State of Israel, around 130,000 Iraqi Jews left for Israel in what could be describe as Eichmann-style conditions during Operation Ezra and Nehemiah. The Jews of Iraq had their citizenships revoked and all of their belongings were made property of the Iraqi government. Many were left penniless refugees in the State of Israel and in the United States. Now, what is left of the Iraqi Jewish community is demanding that the artifacts stay somewhere that is accessible to their community, and there is a precedent for our legal system to demand the artifacts stay with the descendants of the original owners. The Republic of Austria vs Altmann was a case where Holocaust Survivor Maria Altmann sued the government of Austria for the portrait of her aunt. The Austrian government stated that their former government, not that the painting was part of their cultural heritage. Whereas Altmann stated that the paintings were the property of her family that were illegally obtained belongings and revoked their citizenship. Ultimately, it was decided that the Austrian government and the museum were in violation of international law, and the paintings were given back to Mrs. Altmann. Mrs. Altmanns case helped spur hundreds of other cases of Nazi looted artifacts from the Jewish community, where the belongings were returned to their rightful owners. It is befuddling to me that there is a clear national and legal consensus about returning looted Jewish artifacts during WWII in Europe, but when it comes to Jews from the Middle East, we still question whether they have the same rights as their European brothers and sisters. As some of the last memories of the community, it is imperative that these artifacts be preserved for future generations. The Iraqi government has proven not have control of these relics. When anti-Semites start shouting that Jews are not indigenous to the Middle East, these artifacts are crucial historical re minders that Jews have lived alongside their Muslim and Christian neighbors for millennia. The artifacts in question should be returned to Iraqs Jewish com munity, now located in the United States and Israel. It is their history, and the best way to preserve it is to return it to them.Do We Need To Return Stolen Jewish Iraqi Artifacts? By Anna Selman, JWV Programs and Public Relations Coordinator


6 MEMBERSHIP CORNERMember: Sherwin Freeman Post: Lt. Harold Greenberg Albert I. Lerner Post 692 Current Residence: Kensington, MD Military Service: Vietnam War, Marine Corps 1968-1970 Member Since Year: 20121) What was a special moment for you, as a Jew, serving in the military? In Nam, I was medevacd to a hospital ship in Danang, only Jew, I met overseas. Nothing could have raised my spirits more than my visit with this wonderful man. 2) For what one thing is JWV Post 692 best known? Our Post initiated and completed our legacy, due to the giving of its members. Over a three-year period we constructed and dedicated a project meant for Jews and all others to recognize the value and contributions made by us to our military. Located on a prime location at the Blacksburg Jewish Community Center (BJCC), the Memorial site has at its center an informational statue dedicated to Jewish Military service. A Wall of Honor and benches surround that circular patio. It is a place for contemplation, ceremonies, education presentations, and BJCC activities. Now all those visiting the site will know that we Jews do serve in the US military. 3) What is one of your fondest JWV memories? As a member of Post 692 I knew Bernie Resnick for a little Bernie and I had many long telephone chats. We discussed worldly matters, yet he always seemed to end up with some instruction on my commanders responsibilities. I appreciated those calls probably because of the depth of his knowledge that he so freely passed on to me. When Bernie at his funeral, representing our Post. It was there that I discovered just what an incredible man he was. Amongst his many life experiences, he was a right-hand man to the father of our nuclear navy, Hyman G. Rickover. I had absolutely no indication of Bernies accomplishments until that day. 4) If you could improve, or completely invent, a JWV program to improve our service to veterans, what would you do and why? Most Post membership rolls are declining as members pass on and fewer younger veterans join. All of us are attempting to capture those younger vets, yet I dont feel that we are utilizing our creativity enough. In our ranks we have incredible gold that should be mined and exported to help younger vets in their endeavors, whether it be for their business, family matters, or any conversation that interests them. Thats what Post member Bernie Resnick did for me. However, to accomplish that, I feel that we also must stop thinking like old men, because then we act like old men, and speak like old men. Bernie never acted like an old man, 5) What display of patriotism in your community makes you the proudest? The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.! Foolishly, I was for some reason initially opposed to the building of it. I even waited ten years before visiting. It was really tough time that I visit it. 6) What is your favorite Hanukkah tradition or memory? The presents! Blazing Saddles. The beans scene makes me laugh whenever I recall it. Want to know what your everyday JWV member is like? Then lets play 7 questions! Contact the Membership Department ( if you wish to be featured. By Barry Lischinsky, Membership Committee ChairmanAs many recall, this past Veterans Day fell on our Sabbath. It gave our Jewish War Veterans a chance to celebrate the Veterans Day Service at our tradition al place of worship. Whether it was a Shul/Temple/ Congregation/Chabad, many of our JWV Members were asked to speak to their Congregation about their experience and life in the military. At some point of the Service the attending Rabbi/Lay Leader/President asked all the Jewish Veterans to please stand and be recognized by the Congregation for their dedication and military service. As I looked around the sanc tuary, I could not help but to notice that there were Jewish Veterans that were not JWV Members. I asked my self How did I miss an opportunity to recruit a potential member from within my own place of wor obvious, Maybe I/we need to refresh myself/our selves with some basic principles of Recruiting and Retention. During our 122nd Annual National Convention at San Antonio, Texas, Membership Committee BreakOut Session I opened the session with this question. Many people respond that they just do not know what to do, so here are a few ideas to get you started: Have your meeting at a neutral location. Young members do not want to come to a retirement home or a funeral home to meet other veterans. They would rather go to their local restaurant, synagogue or JCC. Many of our posts already host their meetings at a lo cal JCC that excitedly host our members. Find a dynamic speaker. Having non-members come speak to your group can be very exciting. Local are interesting speakers to young veterans. Also, do them around your synagogue and JCC. Do not have a meeting every time. This may seem counter intuitive, but young members are just not that interested in going to a business meeting. They want something fun and engaging. Having a quarterly outing to a barbeque, a brunch at a local restaurant or a holiday party can be a fun exciting way to get young members. We have to go back to the basics and put ourselves in these young veterans shoes. Think about when you were a young veteran, and what you wanted out of JWV. Now, go do that! Lets Go Back To The Basics! 7 Questions with a JWV Member JWV National Responds to Tzipi Hotovelys CommentsBy Anna Selman, Programs and Public Relations CoordinatorComing back to work after the Thanksgiving holi day, JWV National was surprised to learn that Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely, had gone on Israeli television and made the claim that American for their country. Most of the Jews dont have chil dren serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, going to Iraq." National was dismayed when we heard that state ment. We like to think the best of people. However, when Neo-Nazi groups started using Ms. Hotovelys comments to perpetuate the anti-Semitic trope Jews dont serve, we could not let it go. We took this situation as an opportunity to teach Ms. Hotovely and Israeli Jewry more about American Jewish military service. JWV reached out to the Israeli Embassy, and on December 1st, National Executive Director Herb Rosenbleeth and myself held a call with Yaron Gamburg, the Minister for Public Diplomacy and Molly Tobin, the National Director of Outreach. Both Mr. Gamburg and Ms. Tobin expressed their deepest regret over the comments and also viewed this situation as an opportunity to help bridge the growing Israeli-American Jewry divide. During our discussion, we told them about up coming projects for JWV, the Museum and the Foundation. Both Mr. Gamburg and Ms. Tobin were very interested to learn about the work JWV does on behalf of veteans and the Jewish community. Both ex pressed a desire to become involved. They are com ing to the museum on December 13th, and we will be discussing with them ideas for joint programming Jewry. JWV National will continue to update our mem bership about this issue. If you haven't already, please visit and like us on Facebook and Twitter. Content is updated regularly, and you'll nd interesting stories and valuable information. Also, keep an eye out for the biweekly emails in your inbox.


7 NEW MEMBERS DEPARTMENT AT LARGEAbes, Jared Post 100 Angel, Edward Post 100 Bartley, Jana Post 100 Fusco, Joseph Post 100 Lubkin, Alexander Post 100 Rogers, Neil Post 100DEPARTMENT OF ARIZONA Martin, Keith Post 619DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA Foss, Pamela Post 385 Hochman, David Post 605 Maiten, Sidney Post 118 Ross, Leonard Post 603 Sakulsky, Hershel Post 385DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUT Balsam, Mervyn Post 142 Meyer, Harold Post 45DEPARTMENT OF DCBuring, Benjamin Post 410DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Deutsch, Howard Post 172 Dorf, Julian Post 172 Isenstein, Robert Post 321 Koren, Jamie Post 409 Rapoport, Philip Post 819 Schwartz, Harry Post 172 Sussman, Oscar Post 400 Trevens, Bruce Post 172 Waxman, Irwin Post 172DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS Baich, Jordan Post 89 Conway, Oren Post 800 Friedman, Edward Post 153 Shapiro, David Post 89DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND Cohen, Jerome Post 567 Harris, William Post 692 Secunda, Ronald Post 410 Weinburke, Matthew Post 692DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSSETTS Rosenberg, Joseph Post 220DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN Kantor, Sandy Post 474DEPARTMENT OF MIDWEST Adelman, William Post 605 Greitens, Eric Post 644 Hammer, Hanan Post 605 Himmelstein, Harry Post 605 Rosel, Walter Post 605 Shapiro, Ronald Post 605DEPARTMENT OF NEVADA Adler, Sol Post 65 Stein, Franklin Post 64DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Alstein, Jack Post 98 Cohen, Robert Post 133 Derringer, Marvin Post 609 Platt, Gerald Post 651 Rivkin, Israel Post 33 Sklar, Samuel Post 609 Weisfelner, David Post 972DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORKLevitz, Stanley Post 717Mayo, Edward Post 717 Weiss, Arnold Post 717 DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA Atterman, Aaron Post 215 Machles, Martin Post 706 Schulman, Stanley Post 305DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST Gordon, Robert Post 112 Hasenbein, Bernie Post 121 Fenster, Herbert Post 112 Gordon, Robert Post 112 Meyer, Barry Post 111 Sinasohn, Gideon Post 112Lack of Accountability at the Department of Veterans AairsContinued from page 1costs for the VA to do it's job? Or are we to treat our veterans as out of sight and out of mind, with the VA only com manding attention when its problems come to a head as in Arizona? Recently, the lack of accountability and discipline was highlighted in a USA Today report. The report indicated that In 2014 and 2015, the VA spent nearly $6.7M to secretly settle cases with hun dreds of employees who were either adequate performance. This included doctors who made mistakes that caused harm to patients. One VA podiatrist was allowed to resign after harming 88 patients at a hospital in Maine. Another VA radiologist in Washington was al misread dozens of CT scans. Because of the nature of their departures from the VA, these individuals poor perfor mance does not make it into national registries and databases. Until the VA is treated as a civil ian entity, with the same accountability (and liability) as a civilian hospital, this will continue to happen. I understand the challenges of hiring medical pro fessionals for government employment the military branches often face the same challenges. However, compen sating for lower wages with lower ac countability is not the answer it will not provide the health care that our vet erans need, nor of the caliber that they deserve. Further, Im also well aware of how challenging and cumbersome the civilian personnel system is for the Federal Government. Supervisors need to be trained to document and evaluate poor performance. It has been my experience that the reason that the gov ernment (and other large organizations) often need to settle with as opposed visors often do not do their job when it comes to documenting employee performance. It seems amazing that we can cre ate a world class military, unmatched in technological advantage, yet still are having a hard time creating a system of medical care that is equally unmatched for our veterans. Our veterans, and the thousands of outstanding employees of the VA who do go over and above to take care of them, deserve nothing less. CIA (Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khruschevs speech to the 20th Soviet Communist Party Congress) which re vealed the horrors of Stalinist rule and gave the CIA a huge propaganda victo ry. This overture laid the foundation for todays intelligence relationship, which capitalizes on each partners compara tive advantages. The rise of American-Israeli intel ligence cooperation then supported a concurrent growth in bilateral military ties. In 2014, retired BG Blain D. Holt observed in American Foreign Policy Interests that U.S. military support for Jerusalem ballooned in the 60s fol lowing President John F. Kennedys belief that a well-resourced Israel would support Middle Eastern stabil ity. Kennedys policy set the stage for Lyndon B. Johnsons subsequent deci sion to develop an Israeli Qualitative Military Edge (QME) over its Sovietbacked Arab neighbors through the provision of offensive arms. Continually endorsed with bi partisan support, this QME strategy has been frequently strengthened by American-Israeli commitments. For in stance, after the Camp David Accords were endorsed in 1978, Washington and Jerusalem signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 1981 which launched joint military exercises and collaborative defense research proj ects. That MOU was succeeded by two more institutionalizing routine intel ligence sharing, establishing two joint political-military working groups, and permitting Israel to purchase advanced weapons from the U.S. by codify ing it as a non-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally. In addition to creating political ties, these MOUs are most renowned for resent in Israeli security. U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Israel, which now exceeds a total subsidy of $70 billion since 1949, is the most sa lient measure of American support and directly advances bilateral programs such as chemical and biological weap on defense, missile defense, and tunnel detecting and mapping technologies. In 2016, President Barack Obama signed a MOU with Israel, allocating $3.8 bil lion in annual FMF to Jerusalem for the next decade. The biggest change in this MOU is how it affects Israels ability to spend American FMF on indigenous Israeli productsa program known as Off-Shore Procurement. Previously, Israel could spend up to 26.3% of American FMF on products made in Israel, but since the Israeli defense in is now a competitor to U.S. companies, Continued from page 1The Legacy of the American-Israeli Partnershipthis policy will start being phased out in 2024. However, there are Americans that probably wonder why the U.S. should continue to support Israel. This last year, Yair Lapid appropriately argued that Israel delivers priceless services for the U.S. by acting as a forward operat ing base, intelligence partner, research hub, and technological testing ground. Without Israel, the U.S. would lose its radar facility in Dimona and the ability to store military materiel throughout the country. Without Israel, the U.S. would also need to station more troops in the region for missions in places like Syria. Likewise, Israel supports American jobs by spending much of its awarded FMF on American defense contractors, and then later tests their products in op erations against groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. For example, Vice Admiral James Syring, Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, previously the Davids Sling interceptor, a joint American-Israeli project. The modern American-Israeli part nership is the result of decades of joint operations, collaboration, and convic country to offer recognition to Israel on May 14, 1948, the two countries have built upon a common commitment to de mocracy, rule of law, religious freedom, and pluralism. Their bond has construct ed a strategic relationship which not only serves both nations interests, but is cov eted by nations around the world. Looking for recruitment materials for your Post's next membership drive? We're here to help with brochures, membership applications, and more! Contact the JWV Membership Department at or by phone at 202-448-5402. Jewish War Veterans of the USA Veterans Helping Veterans since 1896.


8 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Sukkot with RochelBy Steven Troy, Adjutant of Post 210JWV Scottsdale Post 210 celebrated their 2nd annu al Sukkah party on Sunday, October 8th, hosted by Commander Rochel Hayman and her family. This year the invitation was extended to the members of the Department of the Southwest. The Department of Southwest is composed of 5 Posts covering Arizona and New Mexico. The three Phoenix Posts were rep resented; they are Scottsdale Post 210, Valley of the Sun Post 194 and Copper State Post 201. Upon arrival, guests were given a tour and explanation of the Sukkot holiday, also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles, and of the spacious Sukkah itself by Rabbi Dan Hayman. Almost everyone took the opportunity to shake the lulav and etrog; a few members very excit ever done so. A little history lesson, Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G-d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. On this holiday, Jews are commanded to bind together a palm frond, or lulav with two other branches called haddasim and arovot, and holding them together with an etrog these four species are used in the holiday rituals. (An etrog is a yellow citron, according to the Torah it is a beautiful fruit). Members, family members and guests enjoyed a beautiful buffet complete with eggplant parmesan, refreshing fruit relish and apple-cranberry-plum cake. While Commander Hayman and Rabbi Hayman both gave Dvar Torah on Sukkot and especially it's ho listic inclusiveness, Department JVC Lenore "Lee" Katz, guest and new member active duty LTC Moshe Bennett, and other JWV members spoke and shared interesting anecdotes of their holiday experiences on active duty and beyond. Frequent L'Chaims were shared as well. Attending from Post 619 were the Commander Mort Huskey and his family, Evan, Steven, Brigid, Sophie and Lenore. From Post 194, Lou & Ruth Kelter and Lenore (Lee) Katz. From Post 210 Commander Rochel Hayman & Rabbi Dan Hayman, Jonathan Sorrell, Rhonna Bolton, Moshe Bennett, Susan Conwisar & Mel Brody, Steven Troy, Michael & Ahuva Chambersand guest Nathan Brownstein. The weather and temperature were perfect for enjoying the Sukkah.Department of MA Initiates Wills for Veterans Day ProgramBy Harvey Weiner, National Judge AdvocateOn November 9, 2017, the Massachusetts Department Day, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Seven local attorneys who concentrate their practices in estate planning volunteered their services. NJA Harvey Weiner initiated the program and acted as on site greeter, witness, and gofer. The event took place in the JFK Federal Building in Boston. The event was advertised state-wide through the VA, the JWV, and certain other veterans groups and organizations. Twenty-three veterans and nine spouses had their wills, durable powers of attorneys, and health care proxies drafted and executed on site. Two veterans required complex estate plans, which two of the vol unteer attorneys agreed to draft at a later date. Two house-bound disabled veterans telephoned and one of the volunteer attorneys agreed to go out to their re spective houses to draft their estate plans. The vet erans came from nineteen different cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. All seven attorneys volun teered to do it again next year. If any Department is interested in implement ing such a program, I would be glad to speak with its Judge Advocate. Help Me Get The Recognition My Son DeservesBy Beth Agami, JWV Gold Star Mother Social media is a wonderful thing. It has helped me to connect or reconnect with so many people over the years including my sons, SPC Daniel Agami, broth ers in arms, the military community, the Gold Star community and so many more. However, when I recently opened my Facebook, I came across a post from JWV member Dr. Robert Pickard about the new permanent U.S. base being built in Israel. I had not heard anything about this new base, and when I mentioned it to family and friends, they too were surprised to hear about it. I then thought about it there are a number of military bases and Navy ships around the world be ing renamed after fallen soldiers and sailors. Just this year, the Coast Guard announced that they would build a new ship after fallen Jewish coast guardsman, Nathan Bruckenthal. I thought how awesome it would be to have the honor in having this new U.S. base in Israel so deservingly named after my son, Army SPC Daniel Agami aka the Hebrew Hammer. Hebrew Hammer written across it. He was sometimes the only Jew that people would meet, and he would not shy away from telling people about his Jewish and Israeli heritage. Moreover, everyone knew where Daniel slept too because he would go to sleep with an Daniel had very strong ties to Israel, where his father and my husband, Itzhak, was born and raised. Itzhak proudly served in the IDF, and Daniel would say that he was his inspiration for joining the U.S. Army. Daniel entered the Army, and he served in the 1/26 Infantry C-Company in Iraq during 2005. He was killed in action on June 21, 2007 by an IED ex plosion on his convoy in Adhamiyah, Iraq. Prior to just leaving for the Army, our family took a trip to Israel where Daniel enjoyed himself immensely, and he always took the time to befriend everyone he met. I remember distinctly there was an afternoon stroll that we were taking as a family down Allenby Street in Tel Aviv, and Daniel stopped to take a moment to sit on a street bench next to an aged homeless man. He made him laugh while his arm was wrapped around him, and then, he gave him some Tzedakah. This was the kind of man my son was, and these common acts of kindness were also exhibited by rebuilding schools, and the guys in his unit would tell me how he would be mentoring the young Iraqi chil dren. They would often describe how they knew the children looked up to him. Daniel fought bravely and died for our country, and I thought how wonderful would it be if his legacy could be continued and recognized in Israel with the renaming of the new U.S. Military base in Israel. You never had to question whether or not Daniel had your back, and I think that he represents an analogy of the U.S. and Israel relationship. In my mind, there is no after. I contacted Dr. Pickard and asked what I needed to do to make this happen, and his response was that he would begin working on it immediately (which he did). With the help of Dr. Pickard and JWV, I pray and look forward to this becoming a reality. Enjoying the 2nd annual Sukkah party are, from left: Mel Brody, Susan Conwisar, Steven Troy. Michael Chambers and Ahuva Chambers. NJA Harvey Weiner and Major James Downey, from the Federal Bar Association. Daniel Agami in Iraq.


9 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Honoring Veterans 2017 Temple El Emeth, Youngstown, OHBy Rabbi Joseph P. Schonberger Temple El Emeth members and friends were very pleased to honor 11 veterans at a brunch November 12. We were privileged to recognize veterans in atten dance who served in WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Desert All attending were moved by the documentary True Honor which presents the stories of ten Jewish Medal of Honor recipients. We thank the National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH) for allowing us to view the movie. The stories told were truly heart wrenching and pride evoking. Then we were privileged to hear from our own Veterans. Dr. Larry Glass responding to the movie told us that he never experienced anti-Semitism in the mili tary. Rather, he has fond memories of the support he received. Dr. Bill Gordon spoke about being called up to active duty twice: before he attended dental school and after dental school graduation. Apparently, his tal services constituted immeasurable, much needed seen were there. This is a reminder that medical and support personnel are essential yet often unheralded. Alan Sharapan, expressed gratitude for serving as a guardian for an Honor Flight as a gift from his children. Those who were unfamiliar with the pro gram were pleased and surprised to learn about this very special program. He offered to pay it forward by being a guardian to one of our member vets who would like to travel to Washington on an Honor Flight. Lieutenant Colonel Donald N. Persky, USMC (Ret.) was hon ored to be invited to the White House on October 23rd. where retired Army Captain Gary M. Rose was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during an op eration over 47 years ago during the Vietnam War. Rose, an Army medic, repeatedly risked his own life while treating dozens of fel low soldiers over a four day pe numerically superior hostile force deep in enemy-controlled terri tory. Persky, then a lieutenant, was the command helicopter pi lot that rescued Rose along with 39 other soldiers before being shot down. Persky has been credited with saving the lives of forty soldiers the Silver Star and Purple Heart for gallantry and superb airmanship during that operation. It was heart wrenching to hear Sam Fine recall his D Day experiences. Looking at him today, those of us who didnt know him as a young man were extremely impressed that he was one of the brave 82nd Airborne. with no protection on D Day. It is amazing thinking about what he did and survived. His humble account of what he experienced truly elevated his stature to everyone present. As an aside, we learned that the parachute he landed in was taken by the townspeople and transformed into a wedding gown. When he vis ited the village at a later date he attended the wedding and was gifted a special scarf that was fashioned from his parachute. He still has that scarf. All in attendance appreciated being able to hear friends stories. We cherish these opportunities when we can share and hear from one another about the en counters that changed and shaped many lives. Friends, relatives and community members in at tendance voiced profound appreciation and respect for our veterans and their service. They underscored that while we give the greatest accolades to those who nitely need to have more time together. It uplifts us all.Post 385 in California Donates To Thousands of Sailors and Their FamiliesBy PNC Maxwell ColonThis Veterans Day, North County Post 385 mem bers, friends and the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital Camp Pendletons Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. Veterans Day is unique because we honor past, current and future Veterans, and we truly appre ciate the men & women serving in harms way. Post 385 donated the following items to the Naval Hospital hundreds of DVDs, newborn baby knitted hats, booties, crib blankets, socks, onesies, warriors. Many thousands of dollars in supplies were brought to the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital for distribution to the 55,000 plus Marines and Sailors stationed at this base. During this presentation PNC Maxwell Coln the Command Chaplain, who joined Post 385. The ent for the donations and the presentation of the Life Chaplain. The Naval Hospital Commander asked that all present gather for a formal picture. People from all over the State of California attended this presentation. Post 385 and JWV makes 2 to 3 presentations each year at this hospital. On the recommendation of PNP Linda & PNC Maxwell Coln, Post 385 adopted this hospital in the year 2000-2001 and to date have raised and con $900,000.00. This year we have added another facility known as Naval Medical Center San Diego where we will be making a similar presentation on November 20, 2017 Hospital has also become a NEW member of Post 385. National Commander Paul D. Warner, and PNC Michael Berman, represented JWV and presented a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Veterans Day. Veterans Day 2017 PNC Maxwell Coln presented a framed Life Chaplain, who joined Post 385. Temple El-Emeth members held a luncheon to honor veterans of WWII, the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and Desert Storm. Afterwards, True Honor a documentary which presents the stories of ten Jewish Medal of Honor recipients was screened for those in attendance.


10 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY By Colonel Nelson L Mellitz, USAF, Ret.The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America started a new beginning with the signing of a new Post charter on November 1, 2017 in New York City. The new Post, JWV Post 4, has been or ganized primarily by Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and will be run by these veterans in support primarily of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and their families. Post 4 memberships are concentrated in the Northeast United States but as the group increases in numbers it will expand to other parts of the United States. The Post leadership and membership plan in cludes development of alliances with Jewish organi zations and non-Jewish veterans support groups to accomplish a mission of support to all military mem bers, veterans, and their families. The Post will hold meetings both in-person and online. The group will erans and their families. Why is JWV starting a Post with primarily under 50 years olds? JWV Post and the leadership and members were old. We are the old ones and not transitioning to younger members fast enough. Dont trust anyone over 30: Jack Weinberg, October 1964. We have tried for over ten years to incorporate the younger members within our organization with little success. We need new ideas and follow-through implementation from the younger veterans without the limitations and personal interest of more senior JWV members. The current JWV policies and pro cedures are viewed as a turnoff to the younger veteran. The creation of Post 4 will permit their leaders and members to implement younger ideas without some of the burden self-imposed by our larger organization. Individual Post social activities are the glue that keeps the members working together. Under 50 year olds do not have the same family social needs as more se nior veterans and their families. We are not doing away with the tra ditional Post. Members of Post 4 are en couraged to retain dual membership in the traditional geographic Post. The JWV categories of membership still apply to this new Post. In closing: In the past we have discussed chang ing our approach to recruitment and getting younger members involved within JWV. Post 4 is a new ap proach that has positive potential for JWV and we are implementing it now!By PNC Edwin GoldwasserThis year, Veterans Day had special meaning for me inasmuch as my wife, Iris, is the President of our Jewish War Veterans National Ladies Auxiliary, and it brought back memories of my days as National behalf of JWV. One problem we faced this year was that Veterans Day occurred on our Sabbath, and there Natioanl Cemetery.The question then came about as to what we could do to make the day more meaningful? It was decided to have Shabbat services in our chapel Saturday morning along with other events planned in our building, the Museum of American Jewish Military History, throughout the day for the local Jewish Communitys participation. Rabbi Bruce Kahn, a re tired Navy Chaplain, of of the most meaningful services for JWV that I can say I have ever attend ed. We had just about 22 people who participated some from the local area together with some of our members and Auxiliary members. The service concluded with a lively discussion on that days Torah portion, What price are we willing to pay for our land? As veterans on this Veterans Day, this subject was extremely meaningful and provoked much thought. Our JWV/JWVA members then proceeded to the Vietnam Memorial Wall to attend the ceremonies and presentation of wreaths. Our group consisted of our National Commander Paul Warner and his wife, Norma; National President of our Ladies Auxiliary Iris Goldwasser and myself, PNC Edwin Goldwasser; PNC Michael Berman; PNP Rita Panitz; PNP Elaine Bernstein; NED Herbert Rosenbleeth and his wife, Francie; and our in-house staff photographer, Christy Turner. The program ended with all the organizations placing wreaths ours by National Commander Warner and PNC Berman, a Vietnam veteran. Some other organizations in attendance were the American Legion, DAV, AmVets, VFW and Military Order of the Purple Heart to name a few. After that ceremony, we all proceeded to the Korean War Memorial to pay homage to the veterans of the Forgotten War. A service was conducted at pond from the Vietnam Wall. Prior to the placing of wreaths, young Korean ladies in traditional dress each placed a white rose on the names of the many countries that participated in the Korean War, which as a Korean Veteran myself, I found very moving. At this memorial, the National Commander and the National Auxiliary President together placed our wreath in front of the wall. Although the temperatures were extremely cold Veterans Day was truly a very heart warming experience. We were there to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate grateful to be included in the proceedings and proud of our Commander, JWVA President and all who participated and represented JWV/JWVA.National Leadership Celebrates Veterans Day New Post 4 members. Seated: Elana Duffy and Marc Wolf; standing, from left: Larry Rosenthal, David Everett, Ilya Bratman, Peter Kashin, Craig Wertheim, Jonathan Yellen, Jordan Lender. CASY & MSCCN are here to help.Corporate America Supports You (CASY) & Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) are sister nonprots that combat under employment and unemployment in the military and Veteran community. CASY supports military members and Veterans of all eras, and MSCCN assists military spouses, caregivers, and depen dents. Each organization provides one-on-one career coaching, job search support, resume and LinkedIn assessment and development, inter view preparation, industry training, and much more. CASY & MSCCN work directly with employers who want to hire Veterans and military depen dents in order to place our job seekers into the right career opportunity. Veterans can register for CASY services at https://, and spouses and de pendents can register for MSCCN services at Once registered, job seekers are contacted by an Employment Specialist who will work with them to identify their goals, nd job opportunities, and get them career ready. Looking for a New Career? Jewish War Veterans: A New Beginning JWV Post 4 JWVA National President Iris Goldwasser and JWV National Commander Paul Warner presented a wreath at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC.


11 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Bar Mitzvah Project with JWVBy Eric RosenMatthew and Jeremy Rosen of Great Neck, New York celebrated their Bnei Mitzvah on November 11, 2017, at their synagogue, the Young Israel of Great Neck. When they discovered during the summer that this was the date on which Veterans Day falls out, it was a simple decision to direct their Bar Mitzvah Chesed Veterans of the United States of America. This was especially true considering that both of their grandfa is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of this project, Matthew and Jeremy opt Support Our Soldiers program. Through this pro gram, JWV sends packages, generally of toiletries and kosher food items, to those who are serving in Iraq, the globe. Their famous phrase, Send a salami to a boy in the army, is one example of how a taste of home has been important throughout history to those who leave their homes in order to defend them. The S.O.S program lets those who are currently serving know that we on the home front are thinking of them. Two weeks before their Bnei Mitzvah, Matthew and Jeremy and a group of their friends went Bowling for Veterans, and they also ran a Facebook campaign, and theyre proud to have raised over $730 for Jewish War Veterans. As part of their bar mitzvah speech, they announced this accomplishment to their entire congregation, and they also left JWV brochures and membership forms for those who were interested to take with them. Many congregants, especially those who had family members who served in the mili tary, took the forms and mentioned what a wonderful chesed project this was. It was indeed a really meaningful project for them, as they got to do a very special mitzvah, and they had fun doing it! And the timing couldnt have been better, because special Chanukah care packages will soon be delivered in their names to many Jewish soldiers in a variety of locations, which will surely put a smile on their faces during the holiday season. Thank you, Matthew and Jeremy! about the S.O.S. program, please go to: http://www. Matthew and Jeremy Rosen raised funds for the Jewish War Veteran's SOS program. Doing a MitzvahBy Bam Rubinstein, Post 757 On Sunday, 24 September, 2017, I had the opportunity to do a mitzvah, in the place of a different mitz vah. I joined a group of friends, and we went to an area that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, to do "Tzedakah." Allen has a huge smoke pit on a trailer. David also knows his way around a grill. Thom, Jeffrey, Holly and I were more like window dressing, but we did get the chance to do our part. We started with about 250 or so pounds of meat. We also had enough buns for all the meat. We had at least 5 or 6 cans of beans, which I saw. And we had enough bags of cabbage, and carrots, and bins full of dressing, to make enough slaw to go around. We also had cases and cases of water, which we continuously added to an iced cooler. People came up and asked, "How much?" and we got to tell them, "It's free. How many would you like?" One lady offered me a monetary donation. I got to tell her that her money was no good; but if she felt that she needed to donate, she should try a charity that her church likes. However, the thing that made me stop in my tracks, have to turn away from the crowd and catch my breath, was when a woman came over and asked how much the water was. When she was told that it was free, you could feel the weight in her words, with what she said next. She looked at one of the guys help ing her to her car and said, "The water is free? You're giving it away? We haven't had water for days." I'm pretty sure that the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are meant for doing things like this, and it felt good.By Anna Selman, JWV Programs & Public Relations Coor. Colonel Erwin A. Burtnick, USA (Ret), Commander of the JWV Department of Maryland, was the recipi ent of the Military Community Service Award pre sented by the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland at Baltimores historic Fifth Regiment Armory on October 15, 2017. He was recognized for his extraordinary work within the military and veter an communities including the Jewish War Veterans, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Maryland Veterans Commission, the Maryland Committee for Employer of the Guard and Reserve, and the Fort Meade Retiree Council. Commencing with a speech by Marylands Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, the awards dinner showcased the work of the Association and its director, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum. The organiza tion provides educational, social, and religious sup numerous activities sponsored include Shabbat and High Holiday programs, cultural training workshops, one-on-one counseling, provision of Mezuzahs, and a lounge in the Baltimore area. Rabbi Tenenbaum is the Jewish chaplain of the Maryland Defense Force with the rank of major. Since there is no Jewish chaplain in either the Maryland Army or Air National Guard, he provides them with Jewish religious support. He also serves as the Jewish chaplain of the Baltimore City Police Department and the United States Park Police. Along with numerous high level elected, police, Superintendent Col. William Paliozzi and Chaplain Maryland Commander honored by Veterans organization(COL) Jacob Goldstein, USA (Ret), former Jewish chaplain of the New York Army National Guard was in attendance. The uncle of Rabbi Tenenbaum, Chaplain Goldstein presented the award to COL Burtnick. The evenings events, with long-term Baltimore television personality Richard Sher as master of cer emonies, included the presentation of colors by the Maryland State Police Honor Guard and a video pre sentation of the work of the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland. In addition to the honor bestowed upon COL Burtnick, the evening included the memorialization died in the line of duty. Colonel Ewrin Burtnick is congratulated by Richard Sher. Bam Rubinstein and friends in Houston.


12 For JWV caps, call Keystone Uniform Cap Corporation Phone: 215-821-3434 Fax: 215-821-3438 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY By Dave Schetcher Shacharit, the morning Jewish prayer service, is scheduled at Fort Benning on Sundays at oh-800. Thats 8 a.m. civilian time. A congregation of more than 500 assembled Sunday morning, Dec. 3, in the Regimental Chapel of the Infantry at the U.S. Army base next to Columbus. Most were new soldiers un dergoing weeks of basic training, also known as boot camp. Their ranks the largest number of recruits to attend a Jewish service at Fort Benning included a small number of women after the Army infantry be came gender-integrated this year. Some worshippers Jewish, but all were welcome. The Sunday service is the big one on base each week because thats when the soldiers have a break from training. The service was led by retired Navy Capt. Neil Block, who is a Jewish lay leader at Fort Benning and a member of Temple Israel, a Reform congregation in Columbus. Also participating were retired Army Signal Corps Maj. Robert Max, the commander of Atlanta-based Jewish War Veterans Post 112, and re tired Washington State Guard Lt. Col. George Heart, At least a couple of Sundays a year since 2014, members of Post 112 have left Atlanta at zero-darkthirty to drive to Fort Benning to assist with the service and host a post-service oneg of bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, candy and lemonade for more than 500. Block has been known to warn that the failure to schmear a bagel with cream cheese is an auto matic Article 15 (a crime against the Uniform Code of Military Justice). In addition to do nations by kosher bakeries, the Epstein School provided a basket of candy for the latest oneg. Other supplies and volun teers for the oneg came from the Jewish Federation of Columbus and the local Jewish community. About 30 of the military personnel signed up as new members of Post 112, which has about 300 names on its mail ing list. The military-issue prayer book used for the service was a siddur published in the 1960s, the product of a combined effort by Orthodox, Conservative and published since World War II. Heart, a member of Congregation Ariel, an Orthodox synagogue in Dunwoody, recited a prayer using his late fathers siddur from World War II and read from a prayer book for Jewish troops issued by the War Department (as it was then called) in World War I. The Post 112 delegation was small quality vs. quantity, Heart joked. His children 15-year-old daughter Ahava, a student at Dunwoody High School, and 11-year-old Avi, who attends Peachtree Middle School in Dunwoody also did readings. Avi always says I have stage fright, and I dont like doing it, and after hes done with that and interacting with the soldiers, he tells me, I want to go to West Point, Heart said. We go down there to host the oneg, to talk to the troops about our services, to say thank you. From them, we get more naches (pride) out of being there, being re-energized by those 500 troops. The service at Fort Benning provided a counter point to recent comments by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who referred to American for their country. Most of the Jews dont have chil dren serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan or to Iraq. Several dozen Jewish troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than a dozen of them Marines. Heart was offended by Hotovelys com ments. Typically Israeli uppity nose over American Jews. Ive seen it quite often, unfortunately, Heart said. They have no idea that the oldest active veterans organization in the U.S. is the Jewish War Veterans.Shacharit and Schmear at Fort Benning Visit the online store at the JWV website or contact Pat Ennis at 703-753-3733 or by email: Post Banners and Flags!Shirts, caps, and jackets!Display your JWV Membership proudly !Meet JWVs Newest Member: Missouri Governor Eric GreitensBy Dennis Cohen, Post 644On Thursday Nov 30, 2017, seven members (Dennis Cohen, Monroe Ginsburg, Wayne Kaufman, Carl Sherman, Larry Chetvitz, Howard Holtzman and David Schneider) of JWV Post 644 met traveled up Jefferson City, MO in order to induct Post 644s newest member to JWV Governor Eric Greitens. Greitens is a Jewish former Navy Seal with an im pressive military record. After attending Duke University and the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, he became a U.S. Navy tours of duty around the world, rose to the rank of lieutenant commander, commanded an Al-Qaeda targeting cell and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among other dec orations. Following his military ser vice, Greitens founded The Mission serving veterans which he led until 2014. After months of planning, our meeting was arranged by our state representative, Hon. Jill Schupp. We were so excited to meet Governor preciation, a membership in JWV,a letter from National Commander, a cap and a purple heart pin. He was very appreciative for the gesture, and he was very excited to get involved with JWV. Afterwards him and Schupp treated us to a guided tour of the capital, where we were great success and we look forward to seeing Governor Greitens at our upcoming meetings. From left; Post Commander Dennis Cohen, Larry Chervitz, Monroe Ginsburg, Senator Jill Schupp, and new JWV member, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. The JWV supply store isn't just for pins and poppies! You can also purchase JWV branded badges, caps and jackets! George Heart, Post 112-SE, with basic trainees during Sunday morning prayer service at Ft. Benning.


13 By Richard Goldenberg, Capital District CouncilJust a few blocks over from the annual Veterans Day parade up New York's Fifth Avenue, a separate sort of commemoration was held to mark Veterans Day in 2017: the gathering of the Jewish Warriors Weekend. Jewish War Veterans partnered their support for this years event in New York City with the American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History to bring more than 30 cadets into New York City from November 10-12. Past year gatherings, going back to 2000, were held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The goal, noted cadet organizer and West Point cadet Gabriel Glazer, was to offer educational programs that foster Jewish military identities and opportuni ties to enjoy the social gatherings and friendship of the Big Apple. The cadets from West Point, the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy and Texas A&M University ROTC held Shabbat services on Friday, November 10 and spent their Veterans Day at the center. At the center, the group met with retired Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, the Armys 46th Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and retired Marine Corps Col. Jonathan de Sola Mendes, a combat pi Actions speak louder than words, and those to the group. Discussing his leadership positions at company, battalion and then brigade level units, he their faith, but by their actions. If there was one take away, it would be that lead ers should do their job to the best of their ability and live the values of their service. They should make a difference in their organization and make a differ ence for their Soldiers, he extolled. And those values, Bromberg said, are entirely in line with the Jewish notion of Tikkun Olam, of repairing the world. Marine Colonel de Sola Mendes echoed the idea. Jews have always served, he noted, and in his experi ence, your faith is simply part of who you are. In all my years of service, I never once had an anti-Semitic incident, noted de Sola Mendes, as he discussed his a Marine pilot. American Sephardi Federation Executive Director Jason Guberman thanked the cadets for their service and highlighted the key role of Jews in American military history, especially the earliest Jewish immi ery generation on behalf of American liberty since the said. From Major Benjamin Nones and Commodore Uriah P. Levy to Col. Jonathan de Sola Mendes and Pfc. Daniel J. Agami, the ingenuity, erudition, forti patriots are essential examples for emulation by ca dets and, indeed, Americans of all backgrounds. The group also learned about the important changes in American Jewish military history from 100 years ago as JWV Capital District Council Commander Richard Goldenberg, a serving colonel in the New York Army National Guard reviewed the American Jewish History Centers exhibit 1917: How One Year Changed the World. World War One mat ters, Goldenberg told the cadets, both as military his tory and as Jewish history. The Great War ushered in the modern era of warfare, and its impact on the American Jewish community was just as monumental. Palestinian Jewish military force by the British to the deployment of rabbis as Army chaplains to front line units to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Great War gave opportunities for Jewish Americans to prove their loyalty. Interestingly enough, Goldenberg told the cadets, is that in the Central Powers, in Germany, Austria and Hungary, Jews also served proudly for their home land. Sadly, less than a generation later, the rise of the Nazi party and the blame for the failure of World War I would lead directly to the Holocaust. service at the center and dinner sponsored by JWV member David Everett, a Westchester County Court Judge and former Army Reserve JAG with 30 years service that included three wartime deployments in the Persian Gulf in 1991, Iraq in 2005-2006, and Afghanistan in 2009. JWV plays an important role in supporting and partnering with events that strengthen Jewish identities in our armed forces, said Anna Selman, Programs and Public Relations Coordinator for JWV, who helped coordinate the programs, speakers and support to the Jewish Warrior Weekend. These cadets are the future leaders in the mili tary and Jewish community, Selman said. They have a natural sense of responsibility and duty, under stand the importance of continuing the proud tradi tion of Jews in the U.S. armed forces, and exemplify their connection to Judaism and the Jewish way of life through their service. JWV IN THE COMMUNITY JWV gives a New York Welcome to Jewish Warrior Weekend The JWV visits the new V.A. Hospital in New OrleansBy Judge Sol Gothard, Post 580Veteran and patron members of Ben Katz JWV Post 580, New Orleans, visited the recently opened Veterans Administration hospital in New Orleans, serving southeast Louisiana. Mr. Fernando Rivera, CEO/Director of the Hospital, graciously met with our group, which was followed by a tour of the facility. An eighteen-page in formational handout, was also provided. We learned that the top three focus areas for 2017 were: 1) Activation, to create a new VA medical center in New Orleans that will be among the highest per forming VA medical centers in the country 2) Access by veterans to the facility and response thereto in a timely manner 3) A workforce to deliver outstanding health care to veterans. This includes recruiting and retaining the physicians, nurses, other clinical staff as well as staff for non-direct care. The hospital is particularly proud of the same day service available for mental health and primary care during business hours. There was much more information given in the talk and in the handout, but I was particularly interest ed to learn that women are the fastest growing group in the veteran population, and that a Women Veterans Program has been established to meet their needs. Calling Jewish cadets and midshipmen nationwide...Jewish Warrior Weekend2-4 February 2018 Texas A&M University Learn about life as a Jew in the military from Jewish Senior Military Ocers. Attend Jewish Leadership Training. Participate in Shabbat services. Develop relationships with other future Jewish ocers.Housing, Food, and Travel provided. RSVP by 5 January 2018 to: HillelTexas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University U.S. Air Force Academy JWV of the USA A special gathering of the cadets who participated in the 2017 Fall Jewish Warrior Weekend.


14 Blue Water Navy Veterans By Herb Rosenbleeth, National Executive Director One of JWVs highest legislative priorities is justice for the Blue Water Navy Veterans. That means pro personnel who served off the coast of Vietnam as are provided to those who had boots on the ground in Vietnam. Throughout the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed millions of gallons of a chemical called Agent Orange. This program, called Operation Ranch Hand, was intended to defoliate areas providing concealment to the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops. Agent Orange was sprayed over jungle areas and along the coast and around rivers and streams that emptied into the South China Sea. The United States Navy provided support throughout the war, including air strikes and close gence, interdiction of enemy vessels and the insertion of supplies and troops ashore. It was common practice for our Navy ships to an support. By doing so, the Navy was able to achieve to factor in their own course and speed. While an chored, these ships could easily pick up Agent Orange. Aircraft carriers, especially in the waters off the southern part of Vietnam, picked up Agent Orange while launching or recovering aircraft, conducting search and rescue operations, and when racing to meet disabled planes returning from combat. Often Orange while conducting close air support missions. deck, exposing Navy personnel to the chemical. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has stated that it is generally acknowledged the estuarine waters became contaminated with herbicides and dioxin as a result of shoreline spraying and runoff from spray ing on land, particularly in heavily sprayed areas that It seems quite clear that those who served in the Thousands of veterans who served in the territorial waters of Vietnam are now suffering from higher rates of disease, and other chronic health conditions, which can be attributed to exposure to Agent Orange. On April 5th of this year, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing on HR 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. JWV strongly supports HR 299 and other proposals which Congressional support appears to be lacking due a cost of war. Our country sent these Navy personnel to the seas off the coast of Vietnam. As a result of their combat service, a number of them have become sick. Therefore, the country must take care of them. Its that simple. Water Navy Veterans as one of our top legislative pri orities! They will not be forgotten. JWV AND THE VA By U.S. Navy (U.S. Navy) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsReefer Sadness: Cannabis Use to Treat PTSD in VeteransBy Lauren Hellendall, JWV Membership Assistant Reefer Madness warned audiences of a new drug menace that was destroying the youth of America. The sub stance in question was Marijuana, which was as entered the US in the early 20th century and presented a competing labor force to American workers. As a re sult, the political tide turned against these immigrants and the new drug they brought with them. In 1937, Congress pushed through the reactionary Marijuana Tax Act following a propaganda campaign demoniz ing immigration and marijuana. In the 80 odd years since Reefer Madness pre miered, there has been a shift in the social attitude toward Marijuana use. Sparked by increased accep stance against marijuana pivoted toward leniency and efforts began to investigate the true effects of the drug. Although the national conversation began to open up, the next 30 years marked a contentious national de bate over the medical effects and legal repercussions of using marijuana. use entered the discussion in the veteran community. The idea of using Marijuana to treat PTSD gained of state-level legalization of medical marijuana in the mid-1990s. In the years following, the national con versation shifted. According to a CBS News Poll, be to the question Should Marijuana use be legal? in creased over 30 percent, with a 20 percent increase oc curring between 2011 and 2017 alone. As Americans became more interested in medical and recreational marijuana use, veterans and veterans advocacy groups started to explore marijuana as a serious treat ment option for veterans suffering from PTSD. Vietnam veteran Danny Belcher felt strongly enough about his own experience that he spoke to the Kentucky legislature. Describing how marijuana helps cant wake up and realize its just a nightmare I will light that pipe up, Ill be a criminal, Ill go back to sleep. Next morning Ill get up at 6clock like I always do. Belcher, like many other veterans struggling with the symptoms of PTSD, has turned to advocacy to voice his opinion. Belchers words, and the words of veterans like him, rang true throughout veterans community. Capitalizing on increased support the Scottsdale Research Institute announced an FDA-Approved Marijuana/PTSD research study in 2016. In an open letter published in September of this year, American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan asked study taking place at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona. The letter spoke of the organization's Secretary Shulkin has not responded to Commander Rohans plea and the Trump Administration continues to publicly condemn all marijuana use. This view is readily noted when reading the National Center for PTSD website. According to the Center, The belief that marijuana can be used to treat PTSD is limited to anecdotal reports and There have been no randomized controlled trials, a necessary eschewing mention of a promising preliminary study which found medical marijuana can decrease PTSD symptoms up to 75 percent. The centers website is indicative of where the current national discussion tends to stall we do not currently have a vetted trial studying the effectiveness of marijuana to treat PTSD and the current administration is not willing or able to do anything about it. As it stands now, we are at a crossroads. Marijuana use has gained social acceptance. It is no longer seen as the evil it was deemed to be when Reefer Madness sought to inspire terror in 1930s America. Our cul tural attitudes have changed drastically, but there still a very palpable controversy surrounding it's use. One of the most prominent veterans organizations's and the Trump Administration have locked horns about what is best for veterans. Taboo as it once was, today the American Legion wants its members to be able to use marijuana as a treatment for PTSD and other uses, such as non-opiod pain releif. If the tenacity of veterans is any indication, they may just get their way.


15 JWV AND THE VAVeterans ID CardsBy Michael Corbett, Post 440Theres a great deal of confusion over the Veteran ID cards soon to be issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For those who have been rated by the VA Health Care system, issuance of the Veterans VA clinics and hospitals for the express purpose of obtaining health care. In 2015 the President signed the Veterans cation card acts much as a drivers license without the privilege of operating a motor vehicle. The Veterans ID Card provides documented evidence the holder is served her or his country. For the veteran, it will be an offered discounts at retail outlets businesses, restaurants, amusements, etc. and the level discount to provide. There will not be a Government standard discount! Businesses that choose to offer a discount may or may not require ap propriate for such transactions. The Veterans ID card is neither intended to nor shall it be used in place of a DoD Uniform Services or Retiree ID card. There is no relation among the cards. tion, provided the business establishment accepts it as such in order to provide the discount. The VA website reports that the Veterans ID card, which originally was to be available in 2016, should now be ready for issue in 2017 as of this report in October 2017, VA sources tell us they do not know when the card will be nationally available. However, we were referred by the VA at their 800 number to go to the website: after 1 November to complete the application for the card. A visit to the site on 19 October revealed no ref erence to the Veterans ID card. As planned, the Veterans ID card will display the veterans branch of military service. 49 states cur rently provide veteran status on their drivers license plus, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, by displaying the insignia of the branch of service of the veteran. The 50th state, Washington is scheduled to roll-out their version by the end of 2017. Veterans in terested in this form of ID should contact their states Motor Vehicle department. Veterans may possess both a valid state drivers license with the veterans des ignation and the new VA issued Veterans ID card. proof of honorable service via the joint VA/DoD age However, when available, the new Veterans ID card will not be free. Veterans will apply for the card, as VA provides, for a fee that will be established while protecting Veterans personal information. Considering the millions of people whose information has been hacked in very recent memory, veterans are warned to take this message with a grain of salt. At the time of this article, the fee for the Veterans ID card has not been determined. For years we have been admonished not to use our Veterans Health Care ID card for purposes out side the VA. Now however, the VA website offers that, when veterans want an ID for purposes of obtaining discounts at civilian establishments, they may obtain the Veterans Health Care ID card from the VA (see: asp ). Meanwhile, military retirees have the option of obtaining an ID card from the Department of Defense (see: ). on the internet are purposely made to look like the real VA website proceed carefully when seeking VA in formation on-line. And know too, VA programs such to visit civilian medical facilities are rife with problems. Veterans should insist on written permission to visit ci vilian medical facilities only after being absolutely cer The Eugene Moore National Stamp ProgramBy Mel Gervis, Post 440The Eugene Moore National Stamp Program was started in 1991, and is designed to uplift the spirits of hospitalized veterans and shut-ins. JWV members and good citizens collect stamps from local business es and house of worship, which are then sent onto the National Stamp Program Distribution Chairman, Mel Gervis. He in turn distributes these stamps to over 40 Veteran Affairs Centers and residences of veterans, who otherwise would not get out. The stamps are sent out each month to our hos pitalized brothers and sisters across the US. They re ceive a wonderful assortment of stamps that are used in the occupational and physical therapy. Through your many hours of postage stamps collecting and cutting, we help our disabled veterans increase their dexterity and using their prosthetic limbs. Veterans can make beautiful vases, collages, sculptures and so much more with the stamps that you collect. The real reward is the appreciativeness on our veterans faces that you took the time to think about them and the amount of effort it takes to organize such an endeavor. Thank you for giving back for those who have served our country and showing our troops, soldiers and vet erans we care and they will not be forgotten.VAVS: A Family TraditionBy Garland Scott, Post 753Leo & Faye were involved in JWV activity since the mid 1980s, for over 40 years. Leo was a Post Commander for 2 years (19xx19xx) and the designated Rep for VAVS between May 2005 & May 2007. He continued to actively partici pate in JWV activities until is passing in May 2015. Faye was a key developer and Past President of the JWVA Post 753. Its Charter was issued Sep City Of San Antonio Proclamation, issued by Mayor Cisneros, asserted 21 May 1987 as Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Day. Both Faye and daughter, Bonnie Scott, each served 2 years as JWVA President. JWVA ceased to be active around 1992 as demographics changed. The Post and Auxiliary did most of the Post ac tivities jointly. Leo & Faye participated in various VA Hospital activities such as: Quarterly Bingocalling numbers and helping patients with cards, Semi Annually baking of cookies, then distributing them and ice cream to patients and staff in the wards for 4th of July and Christmas time. They had Chanukah parties at Hospital. JWVA tary school honoring one of the Post 753 founders Zavell Smith. They were also active in fund raising, canning, and acquiring donations from various mer chants. They held social activities at different loca tions to maintain and increase membership.Faye and Leo during the Chanukah Party at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital


16 Budget Committee By Alan Paley, Budget Committee ChairmanSince this is my second year serving as Chairman, my goal is to involve the rest of the committee in all prepa the budget for presentation to the NEC in February. During the month of December, National sends me the unaudited numbers for the year ending the prior June. These are the numbers that are used to determine what amounts will be budgeted for the coming year. Each line item is looked at and questioned. The or expense item relates to and why it was a particular amount of money. Together, we then determine if that amount will occur in the coming year, or if we need to either reduce or increase the amount. into our determination of what amount will be pre sented to the NEC. When we are all done, all revenue and expense lines have been reviewed and the budgeted amount for the coming year is determined. Once the budget for JWV is completed, we then move onto the museum. The same process is fol lowed, and when competed, we have what we as the committee feel is the best revenue and expense budget that can be presented. As we have done in the past, the budget is presented at the February NEC meeting, and is then opened for questions and suggested revi sions. Once the members in attendance approve of the numbers, the budget process is complete. During the national convention, a budget report is presented to the body. The report will recap the actual results as compared to the budget for the near try this coming year, to have numbers through at least May, if not preliminary numbers thru June. This was not done last year, and several members in attendance questioned why actual numbers were not presented. Our goal as budget committee members is to provide the membership with as up to date information as pos sible, each time we meet. As with any committee, we are open to sugges tions and recommendations from any member, if they feel we need to change the process in any way.Department of Veterans Aairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) By Ken Ashworth, VAVS Chairman Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) activities. These are JWV members and family volunteers who assist Veterans while at Government VA facilities, Veterans Homes, performing Shabbat and Holiday services, helping with Social Services, fund raising, preparing and serving food to veterans and families, performing Military Honors for deceased Veterans and numerous other activities. All this is appreciat ed by the Veterans, family and friends and I suspect makes us more humble for all that we have. At our 122nd National Convention in San Antonio, we had a VAVS Workshop with 30 or more members representing 15 or more Posts learning about some of the things other posts do to support our local VA facilities, other organizations that support Veterans and the Veterans familys needs. What we hope to do this year is to continue with what we are doing and share our experiences with one another. We need to take pictures when appropriate and share them in The Jewish Veteran so others might get some ideas for their volunteer programs. If you have any suggestions for projects please let me know and Ill pass them on. Veteran Service Ocer Committee By Michael Winnick, VSO ChairmanMost often Veterans are frustrated by their own fail ure to be prepared. Here are a few simple yet impor tant clues on being ready deal with the system. IF YOU ARE LEAVING MILITARY SERVICE nected or the spouse of a Veteran who has passed on, can request a copy from the National Archives. The VA does not have your DD214, go to your computer (or your grandchilds), and go to this website: vice-records/standard-form-180.html This site does NOT give an instant response but you will receive a faster response. of this form and make a copy to be held by a respon sible adult. POWER OF ATTORNEY (VA form 21-22) You can appoint any approved Service Organization to represent you with the VA. Jewish War Veterans is an approved representative. As far as I know, none of the Service organizations charge for this service. There are companies that do charge I would advise you to avoid them. If you wish to be represented by JWV you can e-mail me at and I will e-mail the form back to you If you are leaving service be sure to have a copy of all relevant medical information. If you are retiring from the military examine all options you are offered, consult with an advisor to determine what is best for you a Military disability or VA disability. If your parents need aid and attendance or an income based pension. You should go online for VA Form 21-526. Read the directions carefully; they will tell you what is considered income for VA purposes and what expenses are deductible. Gather all your information together. DO NOT try to wing it, the numbers have to make sense. If you are applying for a "Service connected dis ability" list your ailments and how you connect them to your time in service. As an example, if you are claiming PTSD you must show where and when the trauma occurred. If at this time you are uncertain as to whether or year retroactive. If I have managed to confuse you, you can email me at Include your full name, your preferred E-mail address, a phone number where you can be reached and a brief explanation of your situation.Women in the Military Committee By Sheila Berg, Post 239Edith Freyer, Post 795, and I were able to attend the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans Womens Summit in Houston, TX scheduled for August 25-26, 2017 as representatives of the JWV Women in the Military Committee. Unfortunately, the summit was shortened to one day due to Hurricane Harvey. However, there was a lot of wonderful content during the 1 day conference. A video message from the Honorable Daniel J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Veterans Affairs was prepared for the participants where he expressed the importance of recognizing and supporting programs for Women Veterans. The main speaker was Vivieca Wright-Simpson Chief of Staff for Veterans Affairs. The Summit presented information on Services available for Women Veterans at the VVA. Services continue to evolve to address issues on the life con tinuum for Women. The VA provides services for Pre-Natal, Maternity, Reproduction, Military Sexual Trauma, Pulmonary/lung, Asthma, Movement, Weight Management, Menopause/Cervical, Aging and Mental Health. In addition, they are working on mental health services by treating Adjustment/Coping Disorders, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Opioid dependence and Tobacco use. The VA is trying to expand its services by pro viding (1) Re-integration-Adjustment into Civilian Lifestyle, (2) Returning to family roles and respon sibilities, (3) Nurturing Issuesreluctance to communicate with children during deployment, (4) Provide Child Therapy for children of deployed and (5) Provide Breast Pumps, nursing bras, Post Mastectomy items and wigs related to Alopecia. The Veterans Affairs Department is working on a Cultural Change. Their goals are (1) to develop mea surable medical evidence for service expansion, (2) to improve coordination of referral service, (3) to decrease the suicide rate, (4) to increase Tele-health services, (5) to decrease waiting times for VA appointments, (5) to increase HUB Services for rural/remote areas and (6) to reduce of VA site harassment. The Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Women Veterans also came out with some interest ing statistics (1) 63% Women Veterans have Service Connected injuries, (2) 500 Thousand Women receive VA Services, (3) the female suicide rate is 6 times rate for female Civilians, (4) 2,000 female veterans receive GI Loans, (5) 16,000 female veterans receive VA Loans, (6) there are 2 million female veterans in the U.S., (7) 57% of injured women more likely to return to duty and (8) the largest numbers of female veterans using VA services are age 45-65 years. The Final Video Message from Lt. General Patty Horoho, US Army (Retired), CEO Optima Military. She encouraged Women Veterans to enroll in Million Veterans Program (MVP). COMMITTEE REPORTS


17 By Anna SelmanThis book is a must read for those who want to un derstand millennial Jews. As has been noted, millen nial Jews are less likely to join synagogues, JCCs, and other Jewish organizations like JWV. What is the cause of this behavior and how can we entice them to become involved in Jewish society? In the book, Next Generation Judaism Rabbi Mike Uram addresses this important question and provides some answers. This book is mainly focused on Hillels (a Jewish student college organization) attempts to reach out to Jewish college students. It provides a look at the types of outreach which have been successful and types which have not. Unfortunately, the book deals solely with Hillels struggle to reach millennial Jews and does not include information on a wider range of institutions. However, the book was written and published by Hillel so, it is expected. Nevertheless, one comes away with information from Hillels lessons learned which can be applied to our own organization. The best lesson learned for me is that millennials are highly individualistic. The want to be invested in take them out for coffee, em power them with leadership roles and take time to talk to them. This requires members to be highly active in engaging with millennials and not just throwing money From my own experience, I remember being sta tioned at Fort Hood and being introduced to members of JWV. Eddy Freyer is quintessentially everyones Jewish geographical mother when you come to shul. At services, I would talk to her about my day, and she was the only person who came to my promotion California. She even kept in touch with me via email after I moved. This is what millennials want. They want Jewish organizations and their members to invest in them. I highly recommend that anyone who wants to learn more about how to engage millennials to read this book. I think that everyone can learn a lot from what the writer has to say about the way baby boomers and gen x can reach out and make connections with millennials. Book Review By Dr. Sheldon Goldberg, Docent for NMAJMHThe Last Fighter Pilot is more than the story of and the background of the strategy that brought tory over Japan. Lastly, it is the story of dedication, told by one who experienced these emotions and that have remained with him throughout his life. Born to a non-practicing Jewish family in New Jersey in 1924, Jerry was a typical kid, playing sand lot baseball and football with his friends until one from those very same friends. Jerry never under stood why but he realized that he needed to stronger, better, and smarter than anyone else, and by becom Jerry was barely twenty-one when he and the Iwo Jima on 7 March 1945. The Pork chop shaped is land had been invaded on 19 February 1945 by 70,000 Marines who, due to stiff resistance by the Japanese, were only in control of a fraction of the island when the 78th arrived. For then Lieutenant Yellin and many the Marines until the Japanese defenders were de drop napalm, a more effective weapon against dug-in less than three weeks there was little close air support for the historian or those simply interested in the his ground to the events that took place in that theater of war. There is, for example, an excellent, albeit brief, history of China and Japan in the early 20th Century that underscores the Japanese rationale for its ag gression against Manchuria, China, and the whole of Southeast Asia, as well as the U.S. response following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We also learn why Iwo Jima was important enough to the war effort to cost the lives of 7,000 Marines; that the need for staging bases for both Japanese the Marianas, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. From there, Iwo Jima just 759 miles south of Tokyo was needed to allow the P-51s, the aircraft the key to that effort. Throughout the book the authors do an excellent job of introducing various personalities, such as Major James Tapp, Commander of the 78th Fighter Squadron and an air ace by wars end and Lieutenant Phillip Schlamberg, another Jewish pilot in the 78th, Yellin's friend and wingman on that last mission. Schlamberg was also the great-uncle of the movie star, Scarlett Johansson. There are diagrams and explanations of tactics developed by General Curtis LeMay in Europe Similarly, the book is replete with the deeply felt feelings of Jerry Yellin as he talks about his squadron mates and those that were lost, whether in training or later in combat. In particular, the loss of his friend and wingman, Lt. Schlamberg the last combat loss of the war on that last, fateful mission of World War II that took place on 15 August 1945, and unbeknownst to either of them, three hours after the Japanese surren dered, is still keenly felt. Thanks to the efforts of best-selling author Don joyable read.The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War IIBy Don Brown Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish OrganizationsBy Rabbi Mike Uram This book is available for purchase at our museum bookshop. Contact Mike Rugel at to order a copy and to learn about other great books we carry. Your support is appreciated!


18 JWVA WORLD SERIES BASEBALL POOL 2017 By Charlene Ehrlich, PNP, Chairman Three strikes and youre out! But not for Helene Van Clief, a veteran and member of JWV Post 3 in New York. She hit a home run when she selected the box that represented her birthday! Helene won $250.00. Thank you to all who supported our JWVA Baseball Pool. Dear Sisters, The concept of Thanksgiving is universal, as old as civilization and actually originated in the Old Testament, where it tells us that Jews decorated their homes and temples in gratitude for their daily food and thanked G-D for their bounty. was evident as they celebrated their fall harvests with piety, reverence and devotion to G-D. They paralleled their experiences with those of the Israelites. Many of their customs and laws could be traced to the Holy Scriptures. The Pilgrim Fathers tried to imbue the spirit of understanding between men and broke bread with the Indians signifying that they were all children of G-D. Although the holiday of Thanksgiving itself may have passed, the spirit and message should always re main with us. As the Channukah season approaches we should continue to give Thanks for the little cruse of oil that burned for eight days instead of the expected one and for the good fortune that enables us to celebrate this joy ous holiday and oth ers with our families. Our religion teaches us that we should love our neighbors as our selves, practice char ity and aid those less fortunate. Let us keep faith with our human itarian and biblical beliefs bring smiles hospitals, aid the needy in our local communities and support our fellow Jews in Israel. The various programs of JWVA lead the way participation leads the way. Remember HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES! Join us get on the bandwagon and make someone smile! HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY JEWISH WAR VETERANS OF THE U.S.A.National President Iris GoldwasserJewish Sacred Aging: Join the Conversation By Carole Goldberg, AP, Senior Citizen Chairman through our mind health issues, end of life issues, le gal issues, caregiving/receiving to name just a few. It may have never crossed our mind to think about these issues in the context of our Jewish teachings and the the meaning of our lives through Jewish texts, theol ogy, rituals? Might we think about what resources are already available to us as we deal with the health is sues of our parents, our children, ourselves? When Rabbi Richard Address founded the Department of Jewish Family Concerns in 1997 at the Union for Reform Judaism, he thought deeply about the changing demographics. One of his solutions was creating and developing the Jewish Sacred Aging program. According to the website, Jewish Sacred Aging is a forum for the Jewish Community with resources and texts that feature discussions on the implications of the revolution in longevity for Baby Boomers and their families. We encourage you to participate in the conversation! discussions on so many pertinent and thought provok ing issues when you visit the Jewish Sacred Aging website at: You can also listen to podcasts live on Tuesdays at 11:00 am by visiting: jewishsacredaging I highly recommend that you take advantage of the Jewish Sacred Aging resources, including work shops and speaking engagements around the country. NEC Meeting February 6-11, 2018 Make your reservation for our NEC Meeting in February 2018. Register at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport by visiting the www.jwv. org/events/nec_capitol_hill_action_day To make a reservation by phone, please call 703-413-5500 and tell them the group code is JWVS. THANK YOU! to a large extent on your generosity. We appreciate ALL donations, large or small, and wish to thank our supporters and contributors. We want to acknowledge any CHAI (or more) donations to its General Fund or its Programs. This column is our way to show our gratitude. Thanks to: PFC. Fred Hecht Post and Auxiliary #425 Rodger C. Snyder Memorial Auxiliary #117 VETERANS DAYOur Flag does not y because the wind moves it. It les with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Let us respect their service and continue our support!" JWVA National President Iris Goldwasser was joined by JWV National Commander Paul D. Warner at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC, for the 2017 Veterans Day Memorial ceremony. JWVA partnered with JWV to present a wreath in honor of all of the casualties and veterans of this war.


19 Winter 2017 National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA Hanukkah By Natalie Blank, National ChaplainHanukkah is the yearly Festival of Lights holiday that falls on the 25th day of Kislev in the Jewish cal endar. Jews worldwide celebrate the victory of Jewish oil which lit the menorah for eight days continuously, hence the eight night celebration.. During Chanukah we traditionally eat fried potato latkes and fried do nuts to symbolize the oil commemorating this holiday. The Chanukah menorah differs from other cande labra in that it holds nine candles, one standing taller than the others. We light one candle and the Shamus on thereafter plus the Shamus until the last night when all are lit. The Shamus, being the tallest candle means servant or helper, is used to light the others (always right to left). The menorah represents the light and wis dom found in the divine inspiration that together with the candles are indicative of this Festival of Lights. The dreidel is a game of chance played by chil dren and has become a symbol of Chanukah. It is a four sided top, each side having a Hebrew letter im printed on it; nun, gimmel, hay and shin, translating to A great miracle happened here. HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES Welcome, JWVA Ladies, we bid you enter To visit us patients at our VA Center. We, who once were young and robust and hale, Now are getting old and pretty frail. Each week you join us in an hour of prayer In thanksgiving for Gods help in our burdens to bear. Together we glorify the Lord, our Gods name, From whom all the gifts that we enjoy, originally came. The Rabbi leads us in praising the Lord above And teaches us of Gods compassion, mercy, care and love; Of the wondrous miracles he continues to perform To help us in diculties, strife and storm. When the services and amens are nally read And all the Hallelujahs lovingly said, You set a table before us, t for a king So laden with delicacies, it makes our hearts sing. A table of choice food a veritable treasure, Like showers of Manna, from heaven, all for our pleasure. Welcomed by our shepherd, divine, we lie deep in clover, And in the Broche for wine, our cup runneth over. Week in and week out, all through the year You bring us comfort and good cheer. You plan, you buy, you cook and prepare Delightful and pleasing kosher foods, for us to share. You bring us food of a great variety of choice Tasty and fresh, to make us rejoice; Apples, oranges, plums and quinces, And knedlach, kreplach and cheese blintzes. A pleasant surprise, a dainty dish, Is good old-fashioned gelte sh, With a relish of kosher pink-colored chrane And soda water, cherry, orange or just plain. Kosher salami and baloney you bid us try On fresh-baked challe or Jewish rye. And kosher dill pickles to go with the above, All these dishes, the soul-food of your great love. A treat for us, thats most delicious Is bagels, lox, or tasty knishes; A rich, luscious, cheese lukshen kugel, And cherry or apple-lled fresh-baked strudel. So, hail to you, our beloved sisters who show that you care; Of us and our problems your hearts are aware. Thank you, dear ladies, you delight us no end We are happy to keep each one of you for a dear friend. You come to us in the blazing heat, or biting cold, Your commitments to us you continue to hold; On bright, sunny days or in times of rain, You comfort us who constantly live with pain. Dear ladies, we thank you, we thank you For the wonderful, and seless work you do; And for your kindness and graciousness and loving care We lift up our voices and hearts in prayer. By coming here our lives you bless; Each visit by you is like a gentle caress, Like the joy of being tenderly kissed By a fragrantly perfumed wafting mist. We hope to see you again and again You make life worth living, it is not in vain. And so for giving of your eorts without question or pause, We give you our heartfelt APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!The Gift of LoveThe gratitude of the men of the VA Hospital in Wood, Wisconsin does not go unmentioned. Morris Silber, a resident, wrote this Ode to the JWVA Volunteers.Helping Veterans in the HospitalBy Sandra Cantor, Hospital/Grant-a-Wish ChairmanDear Sisters, How can we help our Veterans in the Hospitals? I have been racking my brain to come up with different ways our Auxiliaries can answer this question. Through my experience at my VA Hospital in Dallas, here are a few suggestions. If your VA hosts a carnival as ours has, ladies can volunteer to participate at the various booths. If your VA hosts a Homeless Stand Down, ladies can volunteer to hand out needed items. If your VA and/or Post hosts a summer BBQ, Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, we can help serve food, escort Veterans to tables and provide pleasant conversation. Participate in a Christmas Mitzvah by offering to do tasks such as receptionist, candy striper or generally helping where needed. Contribute new or gently used mens and womens clothing if the hospital has a clothes closet. All these ideas are easily achieved by contacting Voluntary Services at any VA Hospital. If you have any other ideas please let me know so I can share them. If your Auxiliary is not in close proximity to a VA Hospital, you can Adopt-A-Hospital. Please let me know if this is the case for your Auxiliary and I will try and match you with a hospital. The Voluntary Services Department will let you know what they need and hopefully your Auxiliary can help in that way. In closing, let us all try to help our Veteran Heroes at the various VA Hospitals. I know it is appreciated and it is part of our mission as the National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. Thank you for your support. Action and Jewish AairsGladys L. Simon, PNP, ChairmanThe U.S. Conference of Mayors and the AntiDefamation League recently announced a new 10-point Mayors Compact on Combating Hate, Extremism and Bigotry in response to the hate and violence in Charlottesville, VA. As of August 28th, at that time more than 300 mayors from across the country have so far pledged to implement the plan. Under this Compact, mayors commit to: Vigorously speak out against all acts of hate. Punish bias-motivated violence to the fullest extent of the law. Encourage more anti-bias and anti-hate education in schools and police forces, using Anti-Defamation League experts and resources for both Encourage community activities that celebrate their populations cultural and ethnic diversity; and Ensure civil rights laws are aggressively enforced and hate crimes laws are as strong as possible. Has your Mayor pledged to implement this plan? To see the full wording of the Compact, visit www. Jewish Schools and Antisemitism Jewish schools in South Florida proudly appreciate Floridas Governor Rick Scotts recent proposal to push for $1 million in the next budget to help cover the expense of security at the Jewish Day Schools throughout the state. This would cover bulletproof glass, fencing, video cameras and other measures for protection. This comes after a wave of anti-Semitic threats in the past year. Recent incidents have been bomb threats and swastikas in predominately Jewish neighborhoods. Has your Governor or State Legislature increased it budget to support added security at these schools?


20 By Mike Rugel Program and Content CoordinatorCaptain Jerry Yellin spoke at the the National Museum of American Jewish Military History on October 25th. Though he has never been a religious man, Yellin made clear that from his Bar Mitzvah to an important part of his life. Yellin become a frequent speaker at a variety of venues and his story is well told in several books and articles, including in these pages. But on his visit to our museum, he spoke more about being Jewish than he does in other settings. P-51 named for Doris Rosen and lost his Jewish wing man on a mission after the war had already ended, to his experiences in Israel in the 1960s, being Jewish played an important part in much of Yellins life. A young Jerry Yellin didnt want a Bar Mitzvah, but his mother insisted. Following his becoming a Bar Mitzvah, swastikas appeared on his home. He became isolated from his non-Jewish friends. This would feed could be. Fighter Squadron, the room assignments told him he guy and they knew that and I roomed with Marvin Kern and Phil Janoski guys who were the Intelligence Division of the 78th Fighter Squadron. I was sepa rated because of my religion. I was not accepted as a the black guys who had to be three times as good, just to be even, I had to be three times as good. Yellin felt he achieved this goal and proved himself as a pilot. Yellin also had Jewish experiences when stationed gion at home, he spoke of the boost to his morale that a Passover Seder provided in 1945. The matzah and wine on Iwo Jima provided a powerful experience by connecting his wartime life with his Jewish culture. Yellin summed up the combination of Jewish identity and his individual war experience this way: The war started in Europe with Hitler killing Jewish combat mission. One came home and one was killed. His relationship with Phillip Schlamberg, his fellow Jewish pilot who was killed, led to decades of strug gling with PTSD following the war. Yellin described learning transcendental meditation many years later to help manage his PTSD. After the war. Yellin stated he would have liked to continue with the Army Air Forces. But it was antiSemitism that kept him from continuing with a career in the military. Yellin felt he wasnt fully accepted be cause he was Jewish, and he chose another career path. That postwar career included making a living playing golf. He gambled on the courses of New Jersey. He was good enough to compete in the Maccabiah games and decided to move to Israel in 1965. Yellins World War II experience is a stellar ex ample of the kind of stories we want to tell at the muwar. His Jewish identity infused all these experiences. Captain Yellins entire talk can be seen on our YouTube channel at Captain Jerry Yellin talked about his Spread the Word!By Larry SchulmanSpread the word! We need you to help publicize the museum. Word of mouth is the most valuable tool we have to let the world know about the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell anyone you know who is interested in American Jewish history. Tell people to visit our website Tell them to watch the videos on our YouTube page, see our posts on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. In todays world, word of mouth means not only telling people, but sharing on social media. One important way you can spread the word: Tell your local schools about the museum! Wed love to have more school groups visit the museum. If you have a connection with a local school that makes a trip to Washington, make sure they know about the museum. These types of trips are common on middle school curriculums. Its easy for the smaller destina tions in Washington like ours to get lost amongst the Smithsonian and Federal government destinations. Thats why we need to make sure more people know about the museum. We can provide a valuable educa tional experience, but we need help getting the word out. Please inform or remind any local teachers and administrators about NMAJMH. This extends beyond just schools. For example, our local Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has sent a group of teens on a trip to Washington to the museum several years. Their trip emphasized Holocaust education. We provided them special mate rials on American Jewish liberators and customize the tour to their needs. Theyve continued to reuse those materials to promote discussion about the Holocaust and the role of American Jewish soldiers as liberators of concentration camps. We can emphasize a period curriculum. Our museum is here to educate, inform and tell the stories of Jews who served in the American mili tary. Spread the word! Spread the WordTo learn more about Jewish American's contributions to the U.S. armed forces go to: Veterans Day 2017 at the MuseumVeterans Day fell on Shabbat this year, so we cele brated the days together at the museum. We began the day with a Shabbat service conducted by Rabbi Bruce Kahn, retired U.S. Navy chaplain. Rabbi Kahn be gan by discussing Admiral Hyman Rickover, Father of the Nuclear Navy. He recalled being with Admiral Rickover as he was dying at the request of his wife and participating in his memorial service at Washington National Cathedral and funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. Kahn conducted the service with repeated reference to the service of veterans. He had the vet erans attending the service a chance to share their ans issues. National Commander Paul Warner, PNC Ed Goldwasser. PNC Michael Berman, and National Executive Director Herb Rosenbleeth all attended. Younger veterans were there as well discussing their place in a younger generation of Jewish Americans. We followed the service by putting together care packages for patients at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Wed been collecting materials in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day and received dona tions from some local hotels. We also got some sup port from the students at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital, seniors at the Greenspring Retirement Community and local Jewish organization Sephardic Heritage in D.C. The packag es included toiletries, books, games and puzzles. They were delivered to DC VAMC the week after Veterans Day. The day ended with a visit from PJ library, the or ganization that sends Jewish books for free to families with young children across the country. Along with the cards we included in the care packages for the VA, the children made paper salami cards for active Continued on next page


21 During World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised mariners of the US Merchant Marine that they would receive veteran status and a our Army and Navy. Mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any service during World War II, with 1 in 26 killed. Over 1,500 ships were sunk and over 9,500 mariners died. Despite those numbers and President Roosevelts promise, mariners did not ob tain veteran status until 1988. gression was the SS City of Flint, captured by a Nazi the MS City of Rayville, which hit a German mine in November of 1940, killing one mariner. The death toll grew to 243 before Pearl Harbor. Mariners were held by both the Germans and Japanese. Once the US joined the war, it was the Merchant Marines job to help supply our troops. To support one soldier for a year at the front, it took 15 tons of supplies. Mariners delivered tanks, jeeps, trucks, airplanes, ammunition, gasoline, aviation fuel, medi cines, food rations, and more while taking part in ev ery invasion from Normandy to Okinawa. Mariners were at the front the moment they left port, subject to attack by submarine, surface ships, mines, bombers, and land-based artillery. Mariners remained in war zones long after the with the cessation of hostilities, as mines remained. Over 50 ships struck mines after V-E or V-J Day. face several misconceptions about their service that they received high pay, were draft dodgers, and that they refused to unload ships. As he signed the GI Bill in June 1944, President Roosevelt said, I trust Congress will soon provide similar opportunities to members of the Merchant Marine who have risked their lives time and time again during war for the wel fare of their country. Unfortunately, the promise of small business loans, priority for postwar jobs, and medical care for disabilities. Mariners struggled for more than forty years to obtain veteran status. Veteran status for the Merchant Marine came about because of Senator Goldwater wanted veteran status for the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) who transported military air craft in the United States and Canada. Public Law 95202, approved November 23, 1977, granted veteran status to WASPs and any person in any other simi larly situated group with jurisdiction for determina tion given to the Secretary of Defense. It took another decade and a court order for mariners to be extended veterans status. The designation entitled mariners to as the use of VA hospitals and burial in a national cemetery. Max Berman was one of the mariners to receive this long-awaited status. He joined the Merchant Marine in 1937, when he was 22 years old. When the US joined WW2, he was drafted but rejected for military service after a physical exam because of his poor vision. He continued his service in the Merchant Marine, receiving a letter of commendation from the War Shipping Administrator in 1944. The letter states: The various reports clearly show that all hands ly manned their battle stations at every alert; and that, for ten days under imminent attack, the crew will ingly turned to and rapidly discharged the war mate riel which was so urgently needed ashore. It was also determined that your ship and its vital cargo came through the attacks undamaged, and the entire crew Army and Navy personnel on board for its discipline He also received the Merchant Marine Combat Bar for his service during the war. Max Berman died in 2003, but not before belat edly receiving veteran status. He was just one of the thousands of often overlooked WW2 veterans. By Pamela Elbe Collections, Archives & Exhibitions CoordinatorUS Merchant Marines and the Fight for VA RecognitionMax Bermans VA benets card, noting that he served in the Merchant Marine (MM). Correction to Max Bermans DD-214, establishing active duty for purposes of VA benets. duty Jewish soldiers continuing the tradition of Send A Salami To Your Boy In The Army. We read Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky. The book tells the story of General George Washington learning the story of Hanukkah form Valley Forge. Washington is inspired by the story of British. It was a great read for Veterans Day and pro vides a nice bridge to our next celebration at the museum for Hanukkah. Celebrating Veterans Day 2017Continued from previous page Museum Docent Sheldon Goldberg shows visitor Hadley Rugel museum exhibits. Ronit Stahl, will be at the museum to talk about his book, Enlisting Faith : How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America.Books will be available for purchase. For more information about other upcoming events at the museum, go to: Have a contact at a local school?Recommend a tour of the museum on trips to Washingoton, DC. Contact Mike Rugel at for more information. February 7, 2018Coming Up


22 TAPSDEPARTMENT AT LARGECohen, Samuel Post 100 Herschkowitz, Robert L. Post 100 Miller, Seymour W. Post 100 Stone, Melvin L. Post 99DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIAAnker, Murray Post 185 Crenshaw, Walter Post 786 Henriques, David Post 680 Jacobs, Myron Post 760 Justman, Irving Post 118 Klaif, Bernard Post 760 Landis, Mildred Post 603 Lavoot, Theodore Post 760 Lederer, Albert Post 138 Oberman, Art E. Post 385 Racowsky, Ben Post 603 Shenker, Sol Post 680 Starler, Don Post 603 Tor, Harold Post 760DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUTCassyd, Lawrence H. Post 51 Slater, Bernard M. Post 51DEPARTMENT OF DCAdler, Frank Post 58 Gottesman, George J. Post 58DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDABlank, Hugh Post 819 Cohen, Melvin Post 321 Davido, Irving Post 300 Gold, Bernard Post 177 Eager, Louis L. Post 265 Kunes, Gerald Post 300 Rosenberg, Gilbert M. Post 698 Samuels, Allen Post 246 Schoenfeld, Bill Post 613 Siller, Sidney Post 819 Tare, Jack Post 502DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOISFerstein, Morris Post 328 Saper, Harvey Post 328 Spitz, Warren E. Post 328 Alan I. Kadet, Post 407 Barry R. Ruche, Post 407 Lester Weiss, Post 407 Gale Sandler, Post 800DEPARTMENT OF MIDWESTBenjamin Wiesman, Post 260 Marvin Mueller, Post 644DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTSBerger, Bernard J. Post 485 Charter, Molly Post 161 Gaber, Louis Post 161 Ginsberg, Arnold Post 485 Hamburg, Gerald Post 26 Landesman, Edna Post 22 Mason, Arthur Post 157 Schwartz, Milton Post 26 Wax, Benjamin Post 211 Wolf, Morton Post 302 Zimmerman, Ronald Post 26DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGANBerger, Norman Post 135 Colman, Albert Post 474DEPARTMENT OF MINNESOTAFink, Edmar Post 354DEPARTMENT OF NEVADATeitelbaum, Robert J. Post 21DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEYAbramczyk, Isidore Post 536 Bauman, Irving Post 125 Becker, Leonard Post 609 Beckerman, Isidore Post 972 Cohen, Gerson Post 126 Fayer, Edward L. Post 126 Freund, Melvin Post 669 Friedman, Herman Post 695 Green, Lawrence Post 395 Hafter, Martin Post 39 Kleinburd, Samuel Post 126 Knopf, Fred L. Post 695 Kudwitt, Seymour J. Post 395 Lavro, Allan Post 972 Levy, Daniel Post 395 Minick, Louis Post 651 Okun, Meyer Post 536 Schlesinger, Marvin Post 609 Spier, Martin M. Post 651 Tobias, Harold P. Post 359 Weston, Robert Post 125DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORKBarrett, Nathan Post 2 Galler, David Post 250 Glass, David Post 129 Goldstein, Saul Post 720 Insler, Errol Post 191 Kachman, Milton Post 488 Kravitz, Gerald Post 488 Marino, Abraham Post 625 Roujansky, Benjamin Post 731 Schickler, Arthur Post 68 Zwerling, Bernard Post 724DEPARTMENT OF OHIOBarkan, Irving Post 122 Gove, Roger C. Post 44DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIAApplebaum, Alvin Post 98 Danovitz, Sanford Post 499 Dyner, Benjamin L. Post 98 Gansky, Rubin Post 305 Goldiner, Herman Post 697 Kaplan, Samuel Post 215 Lazarus, Darrell H. Post 499 Levine, Lawrence Post 499 Romano, Julius Post 697 Rubin, Gerald Post 499 Stern, Raymond L. Post 575DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHWESTDworkin, Daniel M. Post 210 Epstein, Harold Post 194 Gerstman, David Post 210DEPARTMENT OF TALOHeer, Joseph H. Post 574 Kaitcer, Leslie Post 755DEPARTMENT OF VANCYudell, Robert Post 765Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.31st Annual Mission to Israel April 30-May 9, 2018 Join us on JWV's 31st Mission to beautiful and historic Israel! Witness the wonderful achievements of this small Jewish country, celebrating its 70th Independence year. We visit places other groups do not veterans. You do not have to be Jewish or a veteran to travel with us, so bring your family and friends! Its more than a tour, its a meaningful experience! Package includes: Round trip coach class tickets from JFK (New York) with EL AL Israel Airlines. Call aviatours for other cities. the group). Superior First Class hotel accommodations (similiar to Sherton or Crowne Plaza in the US). Full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily. Daily sightseeing tours in an air-conditioned deluxe bus with the services of a licensed English speaking guide (the wonderful Ronit!). Cost is $3870.00Based on double occupancy. All entrance fees to sites as per program. All taxes and service fees as imposed by hotels. Earphones so you can easily hear the guide. Tips per day, per person, for guide, driver, hostess, and hotel restaurant staff. For more information about this trip, please visit the JWV website or contact Christy Turner at JWV Headquarters: 202-265-6280 x417 or email at:




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