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WWII veterans have until Feb 16 to file for one-time benefit claims

by Joseph B Zambrano

Manila (6 February) -- The United States Embassy to the Philippines announces that the World War II veterans and the Philippine Scouts have until February 16, 2010 to apply for one-time benefit claims through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA).

All claims for benefits created by the 2009 Filipino Equity Compensation provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The onetime benefit benefits are available to eligible veterans and widows of eligible veterans who applied before their death.

Applicants unsure of their eligibility are encouraged to apply before the deadline regardless of whether they can submit full and complete military service documentation.

All that is needed is the singed application form. If further military or other documentation is needed, the USDVA will make arrangements to obtain the necessary documents or USDA will write the claimant advising them of the additional information needed.

There is no master list of eligible veterans for this new, one tine benefit. All veterans who feel they may be eligible are encouraged to apply immediately. The application process is free and simple and there is no need to pay anyone to assist in completing the form which can be mailed to the U.S. Embassy.

If sending the application by mail, claimants are encourage to send the application early to ensure its receipt by USDA by February 16, 2010 deadline.

Veterans can also submit application in person to the USDVA offices at the US Embassy. No appointments are necessary to file an initial application for this new benefit.

Veterans who have already applied for this onetime benefit will receive an acknowledgment receipt from USDVA.

Meanwhile, veterans who filed their total disability claim in the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) have been approved for funding. Claimants who are 80 years and above will be given priority for the release of their grant.

PVAO Baguio located in Camp Henry Allen will advise claimants for the release of their benefits. (PIA-CAR) [top]

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