Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to extend taxpayer benefits typically reserved for uniformed servicemembers in the U.S. military to Americans serving in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

“Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Rep. Max Miller (R-OH) have introduced a bill that would extend the same taxpayer benefits to Americans serving in the IDF as if they were serving in the US military!” Michael Tracey wrote.

“For purposes of this chapter, to the extent practicable, the service of a citizen of the United States in the Israeli Defense Forces shall be treated in the same manner as service in the uniformed services,” the bill reads.


“GOP Reps intro bill to extend US govt servicemembers benefits (under SCRA & USERRA) to US citizens serving in the IDF,” Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), commented.


Rep. Guy Reschenthaler’s office stated in a press release:

The SCRA provides members on active-duty status with financial management safeguards such as rental agreements, security deposits, evictions, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, mortgages, civil judicial proceedings, and income tax payments, among others.

The USERRA prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s prior service in the uniformed services, current service in the uniformed services, or intent to join the uniformed services.

“Two GOP reps have introduced a bill to extend benefits reserved for US govt servicemembers to US citizens serving in the IDF. Our own servicemembers are struggling but the GOP wants to give their benefits away to troops serving in a foreign army!” Information Liberation publisher Chris Menahan wrote.

“Our veterans are constantly being told that the VA has ‘limited resources,’ but we somehow have the resources to provide care for servicemembers who serve in a foreign military? Yes, you read that correctly. The House GOP is introducing a bill that will extend SCRA benefits to ‘Americans’ serving in the IDF,” another X user commented.

“You’d think that the GOP would be addressing veteran homelessness, which has increased by 7.4%, or the fact that the people who served OUR country can’t get proper care. You’d also think that the $3.8 billion/year we send Israel would cover the benefits of Americans who signed up to serve in their military. But nope, you’d be wrong,” she added.

From Information Liberation:

Miller made headlines last year for demanding a Christian woman delete a “bigoted” tweet stating that salvation can only come through “having faith in Jesus Christ alone.”

“God says that Jewish people are the chosen ones,” Miller, a self-described “Proud Jew,” insisted.

The woman was fired from her job at Ohio Right to Life — where Miller’s wife Elizabeth Marbach works as a communications director — just days later.

Tons of our own servicemembers are struggling but the GOP wants to give their benefits away to troops serving in a foreign army.

Read the full bill HERE.

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