Jerold A. "Jerry" Klein serves as National Chair
of the Veterans Benefits Committee for Vietnam Veterans of
I was born in the Bronx New York but grew up on
Long Island. I entered the Army on March 8,1967 and served with
A Company 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry 1st Division from August
8,1967 to August 8,1968. I was awarded the Silver Star, the Air
Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge during his service in
I am a graduate of the State University of New
York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor's Degree in Political
Science and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the
Long Island University C.W. Post College.
I am a charter member of VVA Chapter # 11 in
Suffolk County New York. I have held elective positions on the
chapter level as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. I
have held elective Office with the New York State Council as
Treasurer and was appointed as State Council Legislative
Coordinator serving in that position for ten years. I retired
from employment with Suffolk County New York as a Veterans
Service Officer in August 2002.
In June 2004 I was elected as 1st Vice President
of the Florida State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America and
chaired the State Council Veterans Benefits Committee from 2003
to 2011. On June 10,2006 I was elected as President of the
Florida State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America at the
State Council meeting in Tallahassee Florida and served in that
position until June 2012.
I belong to the American Legion, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, the Jewish War Veterans and the 1st Cavalry
In 2002 I received an award as the American
Legion Department of New York Service Officer of the Year at the
American Legion State Convention in Albany New York. I was
awarded the Vietnam Veterans of America service officer of the
year in 1995.
I have held National Office in Vietnam Veterans
of America for 5 terms as a Director at Large. Currently, and I
hold elective office as Vice President of VVA Chapter # 25 Palm
Beach County Florida.
I have served on the Board of Directors of the
Fisher House in West Palm Beach Florida since 2005 and currently
serve in the position of Treasurer. I currently serve as the
Service Officer for the 11th District and Southern Area for the
American Legion in Florida.
I reside in Wellington Florida with my wife Joy.