The Jewish War Veterans of the USA is the oldest organized veterans group in the United States. It was founded in 1896 by veterans who served in the North and the South during the Civil War. It was founded in response to the claim that Jews did not bear arms in the defense of their country.
During this time of rising anti-Semitism, we regularly hear that Jews never served in the armed forces of our country. It is important for Jews and non-Jews alike to know that this is not true.
Jews have served disproportionately to their representation in the general population. West Point this year graduated its 1,000th Jewish army officer. Jews have fought in every war since the founding of our country. They have won every decoration the military offers, including the Medal of Honor awarded by Congress.
It does not matter if you served in a combat zone, served wherever else they sent you, served on active duty or in the National Guard. If you are a veteran, be proud. Let us know you are out there. Let your voices be heard. Add your name to the list of Jewish Veterans in Rhode Island.
Please respond to Ira Fleisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your service!
JWV RI Dept.