Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Congressman Tim Walz Recipient of the JWV Medal of Merit

March 2010

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is proud to announce that Congressman Tim Walz (DFL-MN) is the recipient of the 2010 JWV Medal of Merit, which was presented to him at the JWV's Annual Congressional Reception on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010.

Walz enlisted in the Army National Guard at the young age of 17, and retired 24 years later as Command Sergeant Major. Before retiring, Walz served overseas with his battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Walz is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress.

In Congress he serves as a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and he is a tireless fighter for the rights of all veterans.

He has fought in Congress for the new G.I. Bill; the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which allows Congress to approve funding for veterans' medical care a year in advance; and the Defense Authorization bill, which gives our troops a 3.4% pay raise, increases military readiness, and supports military families by increasing funding for housing programs among other legislation.

He most recently introduced an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act that was passed by the House to ensure that veterans who are experts in keeping our country safe are treated fairly in the security clearance process.

Rep. Walz, who has been an honored guest at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, is a strong supporter of the rights of all veterans. It is a privilege to honor him with the JWV Medal of Merit.


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