Senate approves 'thank you resolution' for US congress
by A. Lumaque
Manila (18 February) -- A resolution has been approved by the country's Senate to express gratitude to the United States (US) Congress for passing the $787-billion stimulus bill which contains provisions granting recognition and benefits to Filipino World War II veterans.
The recent US Congress-approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $198 million for the benefit of eligible Filipino veterans.
The Senate Resolution 890 sponsored by Senator Richard Gordon expressed the Senate's sense to thank US Congress for the approval of Economic Stimulus Bill last Feb. 13.
US President Barack Obama is set to sign into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which contained the Filipino Veterans' Equity provision that provided a tax-free $15,000 for each of the Filipino veterans who are US citizens and $9,000 for each of non-US citizens, mostly living in the Philippines.
Gordon stressed that more than any financial consideration, the passage of the bill gives justice to the Filipino veterans who, out of 66 countries that fought with the US in WWII, were the only ones not given recognition for their contributions and accorded US veterans status. (PIA) [top]