Veterans file cash claims from US government
Tuguegarao City (26 February) -- With the good news that the United States government approved the one-time-lump-sum benefit payment for Filipino World War II veterans, hundreds of them flocked at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) here to file their claims.
Mr. Ronaldo Paguirigan, Officer in Charge, said he was surprised to the deluge of veterans from region 2 and cordillera, who went to the office in a wheelchair and stretchers. They also transferred to a larger venue to accommodate the applicants that flocked their office.
He said about 1,500 living veterans from Cagayan Valley Region and Eastern Cordillera are expected to be benefited from the cash grants.
Paguirigan cleared that only living veterans can be accommodated for the claims as strictly ordered by the US Department Veterans Affairs.
A US citizen veteran can claim 15,000 US dollars, equivalent to more or less 700,000 pesos while citizens of the Philippines will be given 9,000 US dollars that is equivalent to more or less 400,000 pesos.
"Representatives from the USVA assured to process the claims within two months period," Paguirigan said.
The veterans were asked to present their military service records, 2 valid identification cards and application form from PVAO to validate if they area really veterans.
Claims will only be accepted to those who applied in person. If a veteran is unable to appear in person, the office personnel will personally visit the veteran to obtain the application.
Paguirigan also said USVA cleared that claims from spouses, widows and children of veterans will not be honored. (PIA Cagayan) [top]