Processing of qualified WW II veterans to start in Ilocos Region
By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City (February 27) -- Eligible Filipino World War II (WW II) veterans, who are residing in the Ilocos provinces, are set to submit their documents in support to their claims for the benefits awarded by the United States (US) government at the regional office of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) in San Fernando City, La Union from Feb. 24 to 26, it was learned.
According to PVAO Ilocos Sur Provincial Officer Vicky Antiporda, the qualified veterans are entitled for the lumpsum benefit that was included in the US economic stimulus law, as provided for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by US President Barack Obama last Feb. 17.
The recently US signed law, which recognizes the sacrifices of Filipino war veterans in active service with the US military, authorized the payment of $15,000 to war veterans with US citizenships and a one-time $9,000 benefit for non-US citizen war veterans.
It was gathered that the total amount for the benefits is 8 million.
As this developed, Antiporda requested that all Filipino WW II veterans must bring the following documents, such as passport, driver's license, Senior Citizen ID, Bureau of Post ID, Voter's ID, VA claim number, Service Number, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office claim number, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Pension bank account number, and US passport, if a US citizen.
"I advise the WWII veterans from Ilocos Sur to first visit our provincial office at the Capitol for further review and verification of their documents before they submit these documents to our regional office in San Fernando City, La Union," she said.
"We also encourage all WW II veterans from Ilocos Region to apply in person at our regional office on February 24 to 26 this year. If a veteran is unable to appear in person, the US 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 WW II veterans will not be accepted," she said.
Records show that around 250,000 Filipino WW II veterans were originally listed but the number lowered to 18,000.
Of the 18,000 Filipino veterans mentioned, about 12,000 were believed to be residing in the Philippines. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]