Stamford Jewish War Veterans
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The JWV SOS (Support Our Servicemembers) program is the latest recognition of the desire to let those who are currently serving know that we on the home front are thinking of them and supporting them. Through this program the JWV sends packages, generally of toiletries and kosher food items to those who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places of conflict throughout the globe. We also supply special foods and ritual items for those celebrating the Jewish holidays on the battlefield. The JWV can also customize packages to specific requests, such as those we have filled for coffee, packaged kosher meals, or items customized for special needs, such as an Oneg Shabbat.
Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program
The Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program assists veteran patients through volunteer work in community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, VA Medical Centers, and veteran outreach centers the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program assists veteran patients through volunteer work in community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, VA Medical Centers, and veteran outreach centers
Burial and Flagging Services
The 18 Gun Salute
The traditional military salute is a 21 gun salute. The tradition dates back to England were they would fire off cannons from a Naval ship. Americans have adopted this tradition with an honor guard of 7 members, who will fire off 3 rounds each – making a 21 gun salute.
There is a tradition within the Jewish American Military Community to fire off 18 rounds to signify “chai,” the Jewish symbol for life. This small change can have an extreme significance to families with a Jewish background. If you need help discussing this change with the Honor Guard, please contact JWV National Headquarters.
Need to Request an Honor Guard or JWV members at a Veteran’s Funeral?
Depending on availability, JWV members can attend your loved one’s funeral as well as their Yarzheit. Please contact your local JWV Post or National Headquarters to request an Honor Guard or JWV contingent at your loved one’s funeral.
As we continue serving the American veteran as well as our active duty servicemembers, it is important that we do not forget those who came before us. Their tenacity and sacrifices laid the foundation for our country’s freedoms and allowed us to enjoy what so many take for granted. This is the foundation of JWV’s Flagging program, where veterans visit the grave sites of the fallen, keeping them clean and placing American flags upon them. Through their efforts, these heroes will never be forgotten.
Helping You Access Your VA Benefits
One of the most daunting tasks as a veteran is completing your VA claim form. Whether you are a veteran, military service worker, or a social worker helping a veteran, JWV is here to help you through the claims process. Our National Service Officers (NSO) Program is a nationwide network of our members who are certified to help you navigate the claims process.