May 24, 2019

In 1775, women served in the Revolutionary War only as laundresses, cooks, and nurses. Today there are 74,000 women in the military serving in a wide range of positions. Over the last three years, more than 1,000 female soldiers began serving in combat-arms jobs.

While women have broken many barriers in the military, they still face widespread discrimination - and even violence. Sexual assaults across the military increased by a rate of nearly 38% in 2018, according to a report released by the Pentagon.

A recent investigation found a "rape list" was shared by members of a guided-missile submarine. "Lewd and sexist comments and jokes were tolerated, and trust up and down the chain of command was nonexistent," according to the report.

Unintended pregnancies are more common in the military than among women in general. Military treatment facilities, however, only offer abortions in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment.

Military women also have a difficult time accessing contraception. There is inadequate contraceptive counseling, poor continuity of care, long wait times, limited contraceptive method options, and feelings of judgment from military healthcare providers.

Other serious problems facing women in the military include doctors' inability or unwillingness to properly diagnose women's health problems, which can put their lives at risk. The Defense Department hasn't done a comprehensive survey of women's health issues in 30 years.

Currently, there are nearly two million living women veterans. Yet funding for veteran's health services for women is less than one percent of the overall veterans' health spending. Suicide rate for women veterans is almost two times higher than the rate for civilian women.

Military veterans Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), all JAC-supported, formed the bipartisan Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus. The caucus aims to address the needs of female active-duty military personnel and veterans. They hope to find ways to improve medical care, access to child care, and address sexual assault in the military.

This Memorial Day while we remember those that gave their lives for our freedom, we must also commit ourselves to protecting and caring for those - especially our women - who are risking their lives to ensure our freedom.

Sources:, Reuters, Reuters


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We are hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year's JAC Power of Women Luncheon. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Our Luncheon Co-chairs Sharon Koltin and Tina Wolf previewing the centerpieces for our June 3rd event.
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Nearly 400 members of Congress signed a bipartisan letter to US President Donald Trump calling on him to safeguard Israel's interests with Syria's civil war coming to an end. The letter sent Monday from members of the House of Representatives and the Senate urged Trump to ensure that Israel has the support and materiel to maintain its qualitative military edge in the region.   
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As the global population expands and natural resources dwindle, food security is a critical concern. Smart solutions for more efficient farming, hardier crops, alternative sources of nutrition and safer food packaging and storage are essential. No other single country-certainly not one as young and as tiny as Israel-has contributed more breakthroughs in this area than Israel. Since the 1950s, Israelis have not only been finding miraculous ways to green their own desert but have shared their discoveries far and wide.
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Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Thursday, June 13
JACII Chicago Wine & Hummus Tasting
Moran Birman
Israeli Consul for Public Diplomacy
Chicago, IL
Contact the JAC office for details

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.
"We will not allow the President ... (to put) himself and his allies above the law. We will not allow the President to stop this investigation, and nothing in this unjustified and unjustifiable legal attacks will stop us from pressing forward with our work on behalf of the American people. We will hold this president accountable one way or the other."
Rep. Jerry Nadler, chair of House Judiciary Committee 
JAC 2019 Power of Women Luncheon 
with key note speaker
Sarah Hurwitz
and special guest
Dr. Jill Biden 
Monday, June 3
Lincolnwood, IL
Tuesday, May 28
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
12:00 noon
Chicago, IL
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Friday, May 31
Coffee with Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA)
Los Angeles, CA
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Thursday, June 13
JACII Chicago Wine & Hummus Tasting
Moran Birman
Israeli Consul for Public Diplomacy
Chicago, IL
Call JAC office for details
Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it. 
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