Specializing in health care and veteran rights, E.G. “Jerry” Farris is a retired registered nurse and has served since 2003 as a national chaplain for the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that serves as the Jewish voice for veterans and military personnel. The organization offers a plethora of services for its members, conducting annual meetings, educational seminars, workshops, entertainment, banquets, and programs through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Farris is honored to be recognized as the first woman to serve as chaplain for the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. She has also lent her writing expertise to the Jewish War Veteran Newspaper, contributing a myriad of articles.
A military veteran, Ms. Farris previously served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965. During this time, she also became a nurse aide. As time progressed, she transitioned to the role of licensed vocational nurse in 1969. Serving in this capacity until 1985, Ms. Farris attended Trinity Valley Community College, receiving an Associate of Science in 1984. The following year, she earned credentials as a registered nurse. Impressively, Ms. Farris worked as a registered nurse in emergency room care until she retired from health care in 1994.
Staying current on developments in her areas of interest, Ms. Farris is a member of Disabled American Veterans, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, and her local chapter of the American Legion. She attributes her professional and personal success to her stubborn nature, which has provided her with the drive required to continue moving forward, even in the face of adversity. To commemorate her achievements, Ms. Farris has received numerous honors, including the Governor’s Award from the State of Pennsylvania. She was also named Person of the Year for Jewish War Veterans by the Department of Pennsylvania for her unwavering commitment to veteran rights and equality.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Farris expects to continue thriving in her professional career, personal life, and community. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing the guitar, songwriting, and singing country music.