Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

National Commander Sheldon Ohren Testifies before Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs

Spring 2013

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, National Commander Sheldon Ohren testified before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs on behalf of the members of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV).

Commander Ohren, in conjunction with the leaders of other veterans’ service organizations, presented JWV’s legislative priorities for the 113th Congress:

Mandatory Funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Congress has an unbreakable obligation to those who have served and defended our nation. Mandatory VA funding is necessary to ensure that the health care needs of all veterans are met adequately.


Cuts in military spending will compromise national security and increase unemployment by as much as an entire percentage point nationwide. JWV is also deeply concerned about the effect of these cuts on veterans’ programs. While VA is protected from sequestration, it works in conjunction with affected Departments, like the Department of Defense (DoD), to help military personnel re-enter civilian life. These programs should not be sacrificed by the budget battle.

VA Claims Backlog

Over 65 percent of veterans with disability benefits claims have been waiting longer than 125 days for them to be processed. In addition to the slow processing rate, accuracy is major issue. VA must develop a processing model that puts as much emphasis on accuracy as it does on the raw number of claims processed.

Commander Ohren’s testimony is available in its entirety at

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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