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Jewish War Veterans Lauded by Johnson for Backing Vietnam Policy

President Johnson has commended the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. for backing the Administration’s Vietnam position as the organization opened its 71st annual national convention here today.

The President, in a letter to the JWV, noted action by the JWV at the recent Washington plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council, central coordinating body of Jewish organizations and community councils, blocking a resolution that JWV claimed “conveyed a distorted impression of American policies connected with the Vietnam war.”

All other Jewish groups in NCRAC approved the proposed resolution that would have voiced concern that the right of dissent in America is being diminished as a result of American participation in the war. The JWV veto killed the resolution, however, and the President informed the veterans that he appreciated the point made by the veterans. JWV opposed the resolution as inaccurate and unjustifiable.

Thousands of veterans from throughout the nation gathered here for a convention that will be highlighted by an address by Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey and by special reports by Jewish veterans of military service in Vietnam. The Vice-President is expected to make a major statement of American policy in the troubled Near East.

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