Veterans, beware of fixers!
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (19 February) -- A massive and intensive information campaign is being pushed to protect Filipino veterans against unscrupulous individuals who may take advantage of them in availing benefits under the $787-billion economic stimulus bill of the United States (US).
The drive is embodied in Senator Richard Gordon's Senate Resolution No. 894 that urges the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to protect eligible Filipino veterans and their families from fixers who may take advantage of them in availing their benefits.
Gordon also wants the putting up of help desks and a hotline to assist the beneficiaries on the procedures for obtaining the grant from the US government.
Through this, he added, the veterans and their families may be forewarned of improper and illegal practices of fixers and they would know where to lodge their complaints should they fall unfortunate victims to such schemes.
Gordon has also sponsored the recently approved resolution expressing the Philippine Senate's gratitude to US Congress for the approval of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or Economic Stimulus Bill.
The $787-billion stimulus bill which contains provisions granting recognition and benefits to Filipino World War II veterans was signed by US President Barrack Obama yesterday.
The newly signed Act 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. (PIA) [top]