Washington, D.C. (Oct. 18, 2012) — The White House announced the creation of an Interagency Working Group specifically to address the implementation of the Filipino World War II Veterans Equity Compensation Fund.
The FVEC Fund was established in 2009 to administer the financial compensation Filipino WWII veterans received when President Obama signed legislation recognizing their service as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This group, according to the announcement is available online at the White House’s web site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/10/17/honoring-filipino-world-war-ii-veterans-their-service.)
It is being convened by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Office of Management and Budget. It will bring together the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the National Archives and Record Administration, to focus on the FVEC and “ensure that all applications receive thorough and fair review.”
“Since 2006, NAFVE has worked with policymakers in Washington, DC and mobilized our communities to win recognition and equal benefits for Filipino WWII veterans,” said Lillian Galedo, NAFVE Co-Chair. “At a White House Roundtable on Asian American and Pacific Islander Veterans’ Issues earlier this year advocates provided the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs with specific recommendations on how to better meet the needs of our veterans.”
“This announcement reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to our Filipino WWII Veterans,” said Jon Melegrito, NAFVE Co-Chair. “NAFVE has been quietly but consistently working with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs to voice the concerns of Filipino WWII Veterans. With the creation of this Interagency Working Group specifically formed to address these concerns, they tell us that they heard what we’ve said and want to do the right thing.”
NAFVE is an all-volunteer coalition that engages advocates, service providers, and leaders serving Filipino American WWII veterans and the communities in which they live. Leveraging political expertise and extensive community partnerships, NAFVE has continued to fight for Filipino WII veterans despite limited resources.