Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Supports Legislation to Empower National Guard

May 2011

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) supports legislation recently introduced in Congress by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to enhance the role of the National Guard in the military decisionmaking process.

Under this legislation, the Guard's senior officer would have full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; funding for the Guard would be stablilized; a framework to formalize the working relationship between the States and the U.S. Northern Command, which allocates federal military assets during domestic missions, would be established, and the rank of senior Guard officers would be elevated.

Members of the National Guard have seen active duty service in unprecedented numbers during the past 10 years in the fight against terrorism in both Iraq and Afghanistan with 40% to 50% of the boots on the ground.

The rolls of both those who have died in these battles and those who have sustained grievous physical and mental wounds include thousands of members of the Guard, yet the leaders of the Guard have no say in final decisions in terms of manpower and funding that effect the Guard troops.

It is time to give a voice to those members of the Guard who are serving on the front lines to defend this country from those who would wish our destruction.

The JWV is proud to support this legislation and pledges to work with the National Guard Association of the United States to encourage its support in Congress. The material support of the Guard in America's defense requires material recognition. Anything else is a travesty.


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