WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) applauded final Congressional action Thursday that provided full Veterans Affairs compensation and burial benefits to Filipino veterans, currently residing in the U.S.
"This is a long overdue recognition of our debt to those who fought alongside American soldiers during World War II," Pelosi said. "I applaud the hard work of Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans Inc. and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations for their hard work in righting this historic wrong."
The provisions were contained in the House spending bill funding the VA, Housing and Environmental budgets. The agreement, which also included appropriations for Energy and Water, is expected to be signed into law by the President.
More than 50 years ago, President Roosevelt drafted the soldiers of the Philippines into military service during World War II. At that time, the Philippines was a territory of the United States and Filipino soldiers fought alongside those from the U.S. In 1946, however, shortly after the conclusion of the war, Congress enacted the Rescissions Act that took away the benefits that had been promised the Filipino World War II veterans.