Blunt, McCaskill back bill to review, recognize Jewish WWI veterans

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 7:40 a.m. CDT; updated 10:18 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt are backing a bill that they said could provide recognition to some Jewish veterans from World War I.

The legislation would require a review of the military records of Jews who served in World War I to see if any qualify for the Medal of Honor.

A similar law passed in 2001 required a review of military records to see if any Jewish soldiers deserved the Medal of Honor for their service in World War II.

McCaskill said the new legislation could help correct past injustices if some Jewish soldiers were denied honors because of discrimination. Blunt said he was proud to join other senators in co-sponsoring the legislation.

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