Application for Filipino war veterans benefits ends today
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (16 February) -- The on-going application for the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) benefit of eligible Filipino WWII veterans will end today, Feb. 16.
FVEC provision was stipulated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or Economic Stimulus Bill signed by President Barrack Obama in February 2009 to recognize the service of qualified veterans.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in Manila has also clarified that "if the veteran died prior to Feb. 17, 2009 the widow is not legible for benefits under the FVEC fund."
"The widow is eligible for FVEC fund benefits only if the veteran died Feb. 17 or later and prior to his death filed a claim for FVEC benefits," the clarification added.
It also stated that the children are not eligible for FVEC benefits.
Of the $787-billion stimulus package approved by the US Congress last year, $198 million was provided for a one-time payments to Filipino WW II veterans.
More than 250,000 Filipinos fought side-by-side with the American soldiers to defend the Philippines against the Japanese during the war.
There are now an estimated 18,000-20,000 surviving WW II Filipino veterans, 13,000 of whom are in the Philippines, while the rest are living abroad, mostly in the US.
Under the stimulus package, US-based Filipino WW II veterans are granted $15,000, while those living in the Philippines will get $9,000. (PIA) [top]