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Filipino WWII veterans used to cover up for senators’ inaction on family unification

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE, THEY JUST FADE AWAY  Celestino Carpio, 89, Tomas Mendoza, 92, and Apolonio de la Cruz, 92—who fought Japanese forces in World War II—manage snappy salutes during the 71st Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) commemoration on Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

It used to be the victims of the Japanese American internment camps. Now it’s the Filipino veterans of WWII who provide the penance and cover for politicians and all their sinful ways.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Americas,Blogs,Columnists,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos in DC tackle immigration bill

Filipino American leaders plan a series of town hall meetings, such as this one held at the Philippine Embassy recently, to educate the community about immigration reform and organize congressional visits. Photo by Jon Melegrito

Irene Bueno, a Filipino American public policy analyst based here, explained the key points of the U.S. Senate’s proposed immigration reform legislation at a recent community forum hosted by the Philippine Embassy.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Veterans Freedom party-list calls for peaceful solution in NoKor-SoKor conflict

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Besides overseas Filipino workers in the North Korean and South Korea, the war veterans in the Philippines are more worried over the ongoing conflict between the two neighboring nations.

Posted: April 24th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

U.S. senate leader will appeal to Obama for Filipino WWII vets

U.S Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Showing support to local Filipino veterans of World War II, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will urge Pres. Obama to reconsider these soldiers’ compensation claims, which had been denied earlier.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

US willing to review Filipino veterans’ denied claims


The United States is open to a review of the rejected benefit claims of thousands of aging Filipino veterans who served with American forces during World War II, the chair of the US House committee on veterans’ affairs said on Friday.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Filipino war vets lose appeal in US court


Aging Filipino veterans seeking benefits for their World War II services have decided to take their case to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court had ruled against them, the veterans’ lawyer said.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Americas,Banner Story,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

The time for change is now: The Inter-Agency Working Group for Veterans


As the United States presidential campaign was heating up, the Filipino American community received news that the White House was going to honor Filipino World War II veterans. No new benefits were announced. But a federal Interagency Working Group was created on Oct. 17, 2012, to address the issue of Filipino veterans denied applications. How will this new development impact the thousands of veterans who were unjustly denied their claims?

Posted: October 27th, 2012 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

US vows to help Philippine veteran payments

US President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

President Barack Obama’s administration pledged Wednesday to reach out to Filipinos seeking payments for World War II service after complaints from veterans over denied claims.

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Americas,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Behind enemy lines: Untold heroism of WW II 1st and 2nd Filipino regiments

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During WWII there were many unsung heroes. For years after, their service and selfless deeds remained classified. Recently the story of the California-based 1st and 2nd Filipino Regiments was declassified. Many of these veterans served undercover during the war in the Philippines as intelligence agents. Their missions have only recently been declassified. Last, Saturday, these brave soldiers were recognized and honored for the vital role they played to liberate the Philippines.

Posted: August 26th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

The Brew

Battle at War Memorial Veterans building goes room to room


The long drawn out war at the War Memorial Veterans Building on 401 Van Ness that pits the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other veterans organizations against the War Memorial Board of Trustees and the Arts Commission has come down to a room to room battle with the Veterans fighting for the preservation of their existing offices and historical rooms.

Posted: August 12th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »



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