WW II Filipino veterans to receive one-time grant from US stimulus package
By Miriam P. Aquino
Manila (18 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded the United States (US) move to recognize the services and sacrifices of World War II Veterans by granting them lumpsum payments under the US stimulus package bill which when signed by US President Obama into law will give US$15,000 to US-based Filvets.
Said payment will come from the US$787-billion American stimulus package where a hefty amount of $198 million will be allocated for the one-time payments due to the Filvets.
Data shows that an estimated 18,000-20,000 WWII Filipino veterans still survive, 13,000 of whom are in the Philippines while the rest now lived abroad, in the US particularly.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that the two countries thru the officials of the US Veterans Administration and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office have taken initial contacts on how to work on identifying the legitimate beneficiaries of the additional benefits.
Reports even showed that US had already come up with a list of the Filipino veterans in Missouri entitled for the benefits, Ermita said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine government will be setting up help desks that will assists the legitimate Filvets in claiming their lump sum payments from the US government.
Assistant Secretary Jerry Adevoso of the Presidential Assistant for Veterans Affairs (OPAVA) said in a report that based on the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestments Act of 2009 any additional ameliorations was not ruled out and by the way it was written, it could be that these authors are thinking of possible future assistance like educational, medical or burial to be given to these heroes of the World War II. (PIA La Union) [top]