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Filipino veterans and supporters to celebrate in LA

Filipino veterans of World War II in the Los Angeles area will celebrate the passage of the Stimulus Act with a ceremonial tearing of the postwar legislation, which to them personifies the core of inequities they suffered and fought to rectify for more than six decades.

LA-based Philippine Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon presides an awarding event for supporters of Filipino veterans at the Lake Street Veterans' Park in Los Angeles in the past

As it has been told many times the former Philippine Commonwealth soldiers became an integral part of the U.S. forces upon the order of then President Roosevelt. After the war against Japan's invading army, however, the U.S. Recession Act of 1946 was passed eliminating the promised benefits to the Filipino veterans. The recently passed U.S. bill contains a provision believed to compensate them for their war sacrifices.

Franco Arcebal, vice-president for membership of the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, Inc., contacted this writer to help invite members of other veterans' groups as well as supporters of their cause to join them in celebrating the happy occasion.

WHERE: Lake Street Park located at Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.
WHEN: 10 am – 1 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Meanwhile, Pat Ganio, Sr., ACFVI president, also informed that a proposed meeting next week with key supporters in Congress and the White House is being coordinated by Eric Lachica.

"This could be our last opportunity to personally express gratitude to congressmen and senators and other supporters who helped in the realization of the Filipino veterans' cause," Ganio said. The Jacksonville, Florida-based leader also invited other veterans to join them in Washington, D.C. for the purpose. It would also be an occasion for a reunion, he added.

Ganio may be contacted by telephone at 904-573-3820 and Arcebal, 213-626-0485.

For more information on filing for FilVet claims click on US Embassy on New Filipino WWII Veterans Benefit
Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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