Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Support for Filipino Veterans

Spring 2008

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) highly commends the entire Senate for passing S. 1315, the Veterans' Benefits Enhancement Act of 2007, this past Friday, April 25. JWV is especially grateful to the Honorable Daniel Akaka, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for the recognition he has given to Filipino veterans. At JWV's congressional reception during March of last year, Senator Akaka was awarded the prestigious JWV Medal of Merit for his outstanding support of veterans. Again, we at JWV express our gratitude and appreciation to Senator Daniel Akaka!

Over the years JWV has consistently been a strong advocate for Filipino veterans. Our National Commanders have repeatedly asked the Congress to provide the benefits, honor and respect which is so clearly due to these heroic veterans who bravely fought on our behalf during World War II.

In testimony on March 6, 2008, JWV National Commander Larry Schulman said, "These (Filipino) men were drafted into service by President Roosevelt as U.S. nationals and stood shoulder to shoulder with soldiers from the United States in some of the most grueling battles of the war, including the infamous Bataan Death March."

The Senate has passed S. 1315! Now, the House of Representatives must deliver!

JWV fully supports the passage of the "Filipino Veterans Equity Act" (HR 760), as introduced by Chairman Bob Filner of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. JWV commends Chairman Filner for his long standing advocacy of Filipino veterans.

JWV urgently asks the House of Representatives to pass HR 760 and the 110th Congress to then quickly enact into law meaningful benefits for the remaining Filipino veterans of World War II.

We owe this debt of gratitude to the Filipino veterans!

 

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