September 27's Fact of the Day

Often missing and unheard in the background, around 250,000 Filipino World War II veterans enlisted to fight with American soldiers about 60 years ago. Unfortunately, to this day many Filipino World War II veterans have not received proper recognition and/or benefits or compensation for their service and sacrifices as their commitments were not labeled as “active military service” after the war. Their struggle, evident through concurrent public displays and demonstrations particularly in Washington, DC, protests their denial and neglect of these reassurances. Although on February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which also established the $198 million World War II Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) and authorized the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment of $15,000 each, lack of eligibility and coverage continued to exclude many. However, with H.R. 210 or the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2011, Filipino World War II veterans continue to fight for eligibility for veterans’ benefits to reform their status as active military service members.