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32,000 MARK REACHED THIS APRIL: MORE VETERANS DYING WITHOUT BENEFITS

by Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) Thursday, Apr. 23, 2009 at 8:03 AM
jfav_us@yahoo.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 9026

“The more the merrier” With this as a rule the Philippine and the US governments braces itself for more troubles as the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles confirmed today that there were more than 32,000 Filipino veterans have applied for lump sum benefits since February 2009. During the commemoration of 67th Bataan Day in Los Angeles last April 9, 2009, Los Angeles Deputy Consul Daniel Espiritu confirmed that there were more than 32,000 veterans who have applied and are having their claims processed in the Philippines and the United States. The problem of more applicants for the benefits still plagues the veterans.

32,000 MARK REACHED ...
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JFAV Update
Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
(213) 241-0906
April 22, 2009

32,000 MARK REACHED THIS APRIL: MORE VETERANS DYING WITHOUT BENEFITS

Los Angeles – “The more the merrier”

With this as a rule the Philippine and the US governments braces itself for more troubles as the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles confirmed today that there were more than 32,000 Filipino veterans have applied for lump sum benefits since February 2009.

During the commemoration of 67th Bataan Day in Los Angeles last April 9, 2009, Los Angeles Deputy Consul Daniel Espiritu confirmed that there were more than 32,000 veterans who have applied and are having their claims processed in the Philippines and the United States. The problem of more applicants for the benefits still plagues the veterans.

Before that retired general Antonio Taguba admitted that more than 26,000 Filipino veterans applied for the benefits. The DVA reported that they are evaluating more than 16,143 applications as of the press time.

More Veterans Dying without benefits

In the Philippines, at least 17 World War II veterans have died in the Cordillera and the Ilocos without receiving the financial benefits from the US government, records from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office here showed, PDI sources said.

Marilyn Ngayodan, chief of the PVAO Cordillera, said many relatives of the veterans who were interviewed by the PVAO and US Embassy representatives for the processing of their $9,000 lump-sum compensation reported that they had been sickly and dying.

“We are expecting that the number [of deaths] will increase … because we heard reports that many of the veterans were already sick,” Ngayodan said.

PVAO records showed that among the claimants who died in March and April were Felipe Ban-ang and Emilio Nacatab, both of Mt. Province; Leon Wacay, Balosdan Alcido, Gabriel Fabian, Francisco Agmalew, Maximo Lagiman, Ponciano Lawaguey, Martin Liampo and Perez Dinangwatan, all of Benguet; Cecilio Espejo, Julio Diaz, Amado Ventura, Felimon de la Rosa, Mauro Bambico and Tranquilino Andres of Baguio City; and Peregrino Cachero of Aringay, La Union.


A total of 757 veterans from the Cordillera, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley, most of them in their 80s and suffering from illnesses, applied for the lump-sum benefit here on February 27.

Ngayodan said 50 others recently applied and their relatives were hoping that the benefits would be granted soon.

Filomena Andres said her husband, Tranquilino, 89, died on March 25 from pneumonia. Tranquilino was on a wheelchair when his relatives accompanied him to the PVAO office here on February 27.

Andres, who served as a military nurse in the 66th Infantry Battalion in Mt. Province, had waited for the benefits so long that when the news came, his excitement was subdued, said Filomena, 80.

“He was sad and angry [at the same time] because he was too tired of waiting. He would always ask us when [the benefits would come] because many of his colleagues were dying,” she said.

Tranquilino, she said, was able to sign the needed documents during his interview at the PVAO although he was weak.

“My heart goes to the families of veterans,” Filomena said.

Official DVA Data

The DVA in 2001 only officially listed 18,000 Filipino World War II veterans while the PVAO reported around 70,000 veterans still living in the Philippines. PVAO reported that in February 2009 that there are around 40,000 living veterans in the Philippines.

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) has pointed out these problems earlier in its statement for the media. The US Congress approved a lump sum with a quitclaim instead of the veterans demand for a lifetime pension. For 18,000 veterans.

For more information please call Arturo P. Garcia at (213)241-0906 or email at jfav_us@yahoo.com .
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More than 32,000 veterans have applied, more dying without benefits

by Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) Thursday, Apr. 23, 2009 at 8:03 AM
jfav_us@yahoo.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 9026

More than 32,000 vet...
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In the Philippines, at least 17 World War II veterans have died in the Cordillera and the Ilocos without receiving the financial benefits from the US government, records from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office here showed, PDI sources said.

Marilyn Ngayodan, chief of the PVAO Cordillera, said many relatives of the veterans who were interviewed by the PVAO and US Embassy representatives for the processing of their $9,000 lump-sum compensation reported that they had been sickly and dying.

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