Anticipating that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on S.1315, a bill that restores promised benefits to Filipino veterans who served in World War II, Rep. John Mizuno urged members of Congress to vote yes.
"Filipino veterans were promised benefits given to other WWII veterans, but in 1946 Congress enacted the Recission Act, which denied our World War II Filipino Veterans benefits equal to those enjoyed by other veterans," said Rep. Mizuno. "We need to correct this injustice to our Filipino veterans who served our nation courageously in the fight for freedom and democracy; so that they may spend their golden years enjoying benefits owed them for their sacrifices to our country."
He also referred to two resolutions that he introduced and were passed this year:
HR91 REQUESTING CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO ENACT THE FILIPINO AMERICAN VETERANS EQUITY ACT OF 2007 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION PROVIDING VETERANS BENEFITS TO FILIPINO VETERANS WHO SERVED OUR NATION IN WORLD WAR II.
HR22 RECOGNIZING THE COURAGEOUS CONTRIBUTIONS AND SERVICE OF THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II.
Over 470,000 Filipinos fought for the United States and defended our country during World War II. Many of these soldiers are in their 70's and 80's today, and many more have already passed away. It is estimated that only 20,000 Filipino Veterans are still alive today.