2000-03-25 / Letters

JWV Needs Support

Dear Editor;

On March 15, 1896, 78 Civil War veterans of the Union army met in
New York at the Lexington avenue Opera House to form the Hebrew Union Veterans, the forerunner group to the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. This action was in direct retaliation to refute lies that Jews did not serve their country. These veterans were enraged, because there were more than 600,000 Jews that served the Grand Army of the Republic, with many being killed or
wounded. Six Jews were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and many others received citations of valor during that engagement.

These 78 Veterans pledged to maintain true allegiance to the United States of America. They pledged to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry wherever it originated no matter what their target was. This is how the oldest active veterans organization in the country was formed.

JWV is the only active Jewish organization that has a congressional charter. JWV was the only national veterans organization that joined in support of Reverend Martin Luther King's historic march on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963, "I Have A Dream". They organized a boycott of German goods (1933); JWV monitors our congressional leaders and lobbies when the need arises. JWV plays a dominant role in national and local veteran scenes while working with the community for common objective. JWV needs the support of all loyal good patriotic American individuals to attain its goals.

ARTHUR FLEISCHMAN


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