Filipino Veterans Equity Act (Equity Bill)

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  1. mabagani

    mabagani Pendato

  2. mabagani

    mabagani Pendato

  3. mabagani

    mabagani Pendato

    Fil Am Vets Workshops in Vallejo & Hercules, CA

    ADVISORY

    Congressman George Miller, California’s 7th District

    Point of Contact: Elise Amaya 925-602-1880

    Rep. Miller’s Office to Host
    World War II Filipino Veterans Workshop

    On Wednesday, March 18, Congressman George Miller’s staff, working together with the Contra Costa and Solano County Departments of Veterans’ Services, will be hosting two workshops to assist WW II Filipino Veterans in applying for the one time benefit made available to them through the recently passed Recovery Legislation. Veterans and their families are encouraged to participate and may attend either workshop regardless of where they live.

    Who’s Eligible:

    · Persons who served before July 1, 1946, in the organized military forces of the
    Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, while such forces were in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States.

    · Members of the organized guerrilla forces under commanders appointed, designated, or
    subsequently recognized by the Commander in Chief, Southwest Pacific Area, or other competent authority in the Army of the United States

    · Persons who served in the Philippine Scouts under Section 14 of the Armed Forces
    Voluntary Recruitment Act of 1945

    · To be eligible for the new benefit, service members in each of the three categories above
    must have been discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable

    Items needed to submit a claim:

    · Two forms of identification such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, Senior
    Citizen ID, Bureau of Post ID, Voter ID Card

    · Philippines Veterans Affairs Office claim number

    · Philippines Veterans Affairs Pension bank account number

    · U.S Citizens should bring U.S. passport

    · Military discharge documents

    Location and times:

    Wed., March 18
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Bayanihan Center at Seafood City
    3495 Sonoma Blvd.
    Vallejo, CA 94590

    Wed., March 18th
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Hercules City Hall, Council Chambers
    111 Civic Dr.
    Hercules, CA 94547
     
  4. excalibur

    excalibur New Member

    Thank you for sharing this information with us.
    Much appreciated.
     
  5. Hickory

    Hickory New Member

    My Dad was a Bataan survivor - three years in the POW camps on Luzon and elsewhere. Among those he credited with saving his life was a Filipino, whose name he never learned, who sneaked him a couple of fistfuls of rice to share with the other POWs. God bless the Filipino Veterans who fought, bled, and died with our Fathers.
     
  6. mabagani

    mabagani Pendato

    April 9th is Bataan Day, and at SF City Hall there will be a commemoration and celebration of the Veterans Equity payment approval. All the Filipino WW II veterans in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (including Vallejo and Sacramento etc) are invited to attend the Bataan Day event on April 9 (10AM - 12noon) at the SF City Hall. Each of the veterans will be given a Special Award of Appreciation. Send veteran information (full name and address) to Rudy Asercion at rudyasercion@ gmail.com by Thursday, March 26th.
     
  7. Carol

    Carol <font color = blue><b>Technical Administrator</b><

    :bow:
     
  8. sjansen

    sjansen New Member

    Did this pass? I sent an email to my state and federal representatives asking what their stance was and I never got a reply.
     
  9. mabagani

    mabagani Pendato

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  11. sjansen

    sjansen New Member

    It's good to hear that someone is doing right by these veterans who put their life on the line for a country far from them. I hate to see the U.S. citizens forgetting about who helped them win the rights they get today.
     
  12. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    The Filipino veterans and the merchant mariners were shortchanged!
     
  13. mabagani

    mabagani Pendato

    shortchanged but not forgotten...at this point it was more about ending the injustice and racism etc

    "...250,000 Filipino soldiers served under the American Flag. Promises were made to them during World War II. More than one million Filipinos died during the Second World War.
    Today only 18,000 are still alive with more veterans dying everyday. It is time to end this injustice. If the issue is money, how come the US government can bailout private corporations with billions of taxpayer’s dollars? Filipinos fought for freedom and democracy. They are asking for recognition and not money like mercenaries. Their honor and dignity as soldiers have no value in dollars that was depreciate because their cause is greater than their lives. They served; they deserved to be honored with dignity and justice." -Arturo P. Garcia, National Coordinator

    Thursday 4/9 Day of Valor at SF City Hall 10:30-12 noon
    Reception following at Veteran’s Memorial Building, Room 207

    DAY OF VALOR - BATAAN DAY

    THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009
    10:00 – 12:00 Noon

    SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL
    2nd Floor Mayor’s Balcony

    Sponsored by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
    and

    ●National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 8

    ●Filipino American Political Action Committee (FAPAC)

    ●Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC)

    ●San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee (SFMSCC)

    ●Young Filipino Professionals Association (YFPA)

    ●American Legion, Bataan Post 600

    ●Philippine American Press Club (PAPC)

    ●American Coalition for the Filipino Veterans (ACFV)

    ●Sons and Daughters of Filipino WW II Veterans

    ●Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)

    ●Filipino American Democratic Caucus, State of California (FADC)

    Reception following at Veteran’s Memorial Building, Room 207

    Refreshments will be served, compliments of Joe Robles

    San Francisco honors the Survivors of the Fall of Bataan which occurred on April 9, 1942, the Death March, and the battles to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese Occupation.

    San Francisco celebrates the Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the “Stimulus Bill”), which includes recognition and a provision allocating $198 Million to the Filipino WW II veterans for the “human suffering” they experienced in their valiant defense of the Philippines.

    For More Information:
    Rudy Asercion (415) 724-0641
    Rodel Rodis (415) 334-7800 Jose Pecho (925) 286-6607
    Ben Menor (408) 828-5593
    Jinni Bartolome (415) 308-5258
    Charito Benipayo (510) 301-4693
     
  14. sjansen

    sjansen New Member

    I guess something is better than nothing. What can we in America do to facilitate more recognition. I am sure that calling someone in the Phillipines will do little to help the cause.
     
  15. mabagani

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