Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her Republican counterpart Ileana Ros-Lehtinen urge federal funding for Holocaust survivors in the US.
EDITORS NOTE: With hundreds and thousands of natural born US Citizens, many of them Veterans of America’s wars, suffering homelessness and lacking treatment of any sort for their age and illnesses, these two valiant and gallant congresswomen want to provide special support and treatment for a specific group of immigrants who may have suffered at the hands of others.
Have you ever heard of anything more absurd ? The chutzpah is incredible!
After decades of struggle to rid the US of racial prejudice and preference, we are having racial prejudice and special preference stuffed down our throats at our expense by our own Congressional representatives.
What has happened to equal rights and equality of treatment for Americans in America?
Where is all the subsidized home care for Native Americans? Native born Americans? For US Veterans? For the thousands of street people who do not even have an “Institution” to go to die in?
Where is the outcry?
And, why are we reading this in the WJC, pulled from the Jerusalem Post?
World Jewish Congress
(05 August 2011) – Holocaust survivors living in the United States would receive federal funds designed to help them age at home, rather than having to move to an institution, according to a new bill drafted by the Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her Republican counterpart Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The bipartisan proposal calls for survivors to be added to a list of elderly citizens receiving preferred treatment and to create a grant program helping them with their transportation needs, the ‘Jerusalem Post’ reports.
“As a nation that upholds the values of freedom, liberty and justice, we have a moral obligation to acknowledge the plight and uphold the dignity of Holocaust survivors to ensure their well-being,” Wasserman Schultz was quoted as saying. “Our children’s generation will be the last to know Holocaust survivors and hear their stories firsthand. We must do all we can to honor their struggles and their lives by improving their access to transportation to get them where they need to go, and improve their home-care options so that they can have peace of mind. This bill does just that, and it’s time to make it happen.”
Ros-Lehtinen said survivors of Nazi persecution deserved to be honored in their old age. “The sad reality is that every day, we have fewer Holocaust survivors among us to tell their tragic tales that remind us of the reality of evil,” she said in an email quoted by the Israeli newspaper. “Many of these survivors have pressing medical and housing needs and this bill seeks to address those gaping holes in social services,” she added.
An estimated 127,000 Holocaust survivors live in the United States today. About three quarters of them are over the age of 75, and about two-thirds live alone. Many of the survivors struggle to make ends meet and are in poor health.
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