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PIA Press Release
2009/02/24

US Veterans Affairs reps in Iloilo from Feb. 24 to 26

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (24 February) -- Representatives from the United States (US) Department of Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office will be available at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) in Iloilo City from February 24 to 26 to accept claims for the new one-time lump-sum benefit payment for qualified World War II (WWII) veterans.

PVAO in Iloilo is located at the Old Provincial Capitol Building.

All Filipino WWII veterans are requested to bring the following information and documentation (if applicable) when filing their claims like Veterans Affairs Claim and Service Numbers, PVAO Claim Number and Pension bank account number, US passport (if a US citizen) and two forms of identification such as passport, driver's license, Senior Citizen ID, Bureau of Post ID, and Voter ID.

"In order to provide effective, transparent service, claims will only be accepted from Filipino WWII veterans. We encourage all Filipino WW II veterans to apply in person. If a veteran is unable to appear in person, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office will arrange to obtain the application in an appropriate manner. Claims from spouses, widows and children of Filipino WWII veterans will not be accepted," said an Embassy of the United States in Manila website news.

The recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or Economic Stimulus Bill. contains 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.

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working to implement this new law in a timely and efficient manner to ensure all eligible veterans receive their rightful benefits as soon as possible. Although claims are now being accepted, information regarding the actual release of payments will be provided as it becomes available," the webnews added.

This information will be available on the US Embassy website at http://manila.usembassy.gov. (PIA) [top]

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