May 20, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO BOARD APPROVES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING HR 210
San Francisco—The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) today announced that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution supporting the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act or the HR 210 sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier last May 19, 2011
The resolution stated that the Board “ fully supports and urges the passage of the said legislation. In an effort to bring some measure of justice for the Filipino Veterans who fought valiantly with the US military in World War II.”
The Board also “ directs the clerk of the board to send a copy to minority floor leader Rep.Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jackie Speier of the House of Representatives.”
27,000 Veterans’ Claims Denied
The resolution was passed through the efforts of Veterans Commissioner Regalado Baldonado of San Francisco who is a veterans. Although he was a veterans, his claim to the lump sum was denied. The DVA reasoned out that he was not on the “ Missouri List”.
More than 27,000 Filipino veterans were denied claims because their names were not listed on the Missouri list or the National Personnel Records in St. Louis Missouri National Archives.
The so-called “Missouri List” was burned down in 1972 and 17 million record were gutted by fire. The List includes veterans names from 1926-to 1962. The DVA refused to admist any records besides the “Missouri List” to expedite Filipino veterans claims.
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