Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV joins with IAVA to support women veterans

Spring 2017

American icon Mark Twain once described the American Jew as unpatriotic and unwilling to go to battle for America. It took five years of pressure by veterans’ groups and ultimately reporting by the War Department (now the DOD) to convince Twain that his accusations were not only quantifiably wrong, but also morally unjustified.
120 years later and American Jewish veterans continue the fight for the fair and just treatment of those who answer the call to serve – regardless of race, religion, or class. That is why we stand today with our friends at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in support of the campaign for women veterans and the Deborah Sampson Act of 2017.
Women are the fastest growing population in the veteran and military communities, and they are taking on new responsibilities and filling combat roles for the first time in our history. The Department of Veterans Affairs must keep up with the evolution of our military and improve its standard of care for all veterans.
Noting that this bill hits close to home, JWV National Commander Carl Singer shared that his niece served four years in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Tajikistan. “She and those like her deserve the same treatment and services as male veterans. That treatment includes gender-specific healthcare,” he declared.
The Deborah Sampson Act, named for the Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, will:

  • Eliminate barriers to gender-specific medical care,
  • Expand legal and employment services for female veterans,
  • Increase the number of days the VA can provide care to a newborn child of a veteran,
  • Empower women veterans to support one another through peer-to-peer counseling, and
  • Require the VA to collect gender-specific data and report back to Congress.

JWV seeks improvements to veterans’ services because our veterans deserve it and the statistics prove we should. More than that, JWV seeks a cultural change because our moral code demands it. Women veterans deserve equitable healthcare at VA hospitals. America must uphold its promise and care for he or she who borne the battle.
A summary of the bipartisan bill is available for download or read the bill in its entirety here.  Learn more about the current state of women veterans’ health, employment, and family situations and recommended improvements at IAVA.


About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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