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JFAV MARKS 66th LEYTE LANDING OCT 20, 1944 , NATIOWIDE WIDE

by Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 at 8:29 AM
jfav_us@yahoo.com 213-241-0995 337 Glendale Bvld. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Instead of the traditional ceremonies, the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) marked the 66th year of the Leyte Landing, October 20, 1944 with a flurry of activities. - In the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle, Washington, veterans and widows marked the date with a series of meetings with the lawyers and advocates –The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW) ANSWER-Seattle and the Veterans for Peace. On October 22, more than 300 participated with the meeting with Congressman Mcdermmot. Widows, veterans and lawyers were present in the meeting and expressed support for the civil suit filed by JFAV in San Francisco last October 8, 2010

 JFAV MARKS 66th LEY...
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PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Arturo P. Garcia
Phone (213) 241-0995
October 23, 2010

JFAV MARKS 66th LEYTE LANDING OCT 20, 1944 , NATIONWIDE WIDE

Los Angeles- Instead of the traditional ceremonies, the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) marked the 66th year of the Leyte Landing, October 20, 1944 with a flurry of activities nationwide.

- In the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle, Washington, veterans and widows marked the date with a series of meetings with the lawyers and advocates –The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW) ANSWER-Seattle and the Veterans for Peace.

On October 22, more than 300 participated with the meeting with Congressman Mcdermmot. Widows, veterans and lawyers were present in the meeting and expressed support for the civil suit filed by JFAV in San Francisco last October 8, 2010

- Meanwhile JFAV National Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia will grace the book signing of JFAV book “Unrecognized American Veterans" at the Maya Essence in Chicago, Illinois on October 30.The event was sponsored by the BAGWIS Collective-cultural group and the Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI) and AFIRE –Illinois.

- In Los Angeles, JFAV conducted a simple memorial meeting at Manila Terrace last October 20, 2010. After the meeting. the event was marked with a simple salu-salo with veterans and their advocates.

The Leyte Landing, 1944

The Filipinos called the Leyte Landing on October 20, 1994 as the start of the liberation of the Philippines by the combined Filipino and American forces led by General Dougla Macarthur who landed in Leyte.

The landing was made more significance because the greatest naval battle in history happened around Leyte and is called the “Battle of Leyte Gulf ” where the American navy dealt the Japanese Imperial Navy its death blow.

From Leyte, the US forces made different landings in the different islands of the Philippines until the Japanese forces were defeated. But for other historians, the liberation of the Philippines is just the reoccupation of the United States.

But of the present, Filipino veteran are not recognized as American war veterans. More than 20,000 claimants of lump sum were denied by the DVA. This prompting the JFAV to file a case for veterans and widows.
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