Paul D Warner PhD, National Commander
Many of you have reached out to us over the past week about the Army Times article that was published this weekend accusing the chaplaincy from Fort Campbell of dismantling on post religious services for Jewish service members. JWV worked diligently with the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council as well as the Fort Campbell Chaplain’s Office to figure out the situation and, ultimately, ensure that Jewish service members had the ability to have their religious needs met.
From our inquiry, we determined that Jewish services were not dismantled at Fort Campbell as the article portrayed. Upon the Mizes’ departure, a Reservist Jewish Chaplain was called in to perform the Passover Seder, although not on Passover itself to accommodate the soldiers’ schedules.
In addition, a lay leader has already been identified, and they will begin conducting services during Shavuot. Therefore, JWV’s ultimate goal in this matter was to ensure that Jewish service members were able to access Jewish religious services, and we are satisfied with the plan that the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and the Fort Campbell Chaplain’s Office has put in place. Jewish services will continue at Fort Campbell, and if there are any further incidents, JWV will look into them closely.
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.