Honor of Jerry Polonskyby Representative Michael G. Fitzpatrick
Posted on 2013-01-18
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 18, 2013
Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, today I have the honor of speaking on
behalf of my dear friend, Jerry Polonsky, who on Sunday, December 20th
will be celebrating his retirement as acting Commander of the Jewish
War Veterans of the United States of America.
I've known Jerry for many years--we are both from the great hometown of Levittown, Pennsylvania. Everyone in town who knows Jerry knows that he has been a great leader in our community. The best way to describe Jerry is a ``natural born leader,'' an advocate for everything that's right and good for this country.
Jerry is a great American story. Earlier in his career, Jerry worked for an insurance company in Philadelphia, while also running his own printing business out of his home. He also served our nation's military proudly during the Korean War in a ``classified'' position, and has been married to his lovely wife Barbara for over 50 years.
Jerry's earlier career endeavors and military experience don't even begin to sum up his lifelong accomplishments. In addition, Jerry has served as the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, and his commitment to their mission is unending. For many years, Jerry has volunteered his time and efforts to the department's cause to ensure that those who have fought our nation's battles receive the treatment and the respect they deserve. With Jerry's help, many returning veterans have received the care they need through the Jewish War Veterans. Also, Jerry has been a strong advocate for the state of Israel, fighting to ensure that peace and prosperity continue to reign true in the Jewish state.
Jerry has devoted his life to helping those in need, and has inspired many of us who have had the great pleasure of knowing him. He is a hero to his community, our country, his family, and to me. Jerry, I wish you and your family all the best. I wish you many more years of happiness and success. It is an honor to call you my friend.