Daily Archives: October 16, 2015

Face to Face With The Veterans at KAPISTAHAN GRILL, September 12, 2015

CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR VETERANS AND SURVIVORS JUSTICE AND EQUITY. At the KmB's "Face to Face with the Veterans at KAPISTAHAN GRILL, September 12, 2015. The panelist were Franco Arcebal, A Filipino World War II Veteran; Bernie Gano, Asst.Executive Director of FASGI and Arturo P.Garcia, JFAV National Coordinator. They spoke about the past and the current struggle of the Filipino veterans and their survivors for equity and justice. Mr.Arcebal spoke about their 22 years of lobbying in the US Congress. Ms. Ganon spoke about their face to face meeting with DVA Secretary Robert McDonald in Washington last June 29, 2015 and Mr. Garcia spoke about JFAV's lobbying efforts since 2010 and the current bill HR 2677 or the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2015.

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CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR VETERANS AND SURVIVORS JUSTICE AND EQUITY. At the KmB’s “Face to Face with the Veterans at KAPISTAHAN GRILL, September 12, 2015. The panelist were Franco Arcebal, A Filipino World War II Veteran; Bernie Ganon, Asst.Executive Director of FASGI and Arturo P.Garcia, JFAV National Coordinator. They spoke about the past and the current struggle of the Filipino veterans and their survivors for equity and justice. Mr.Arcebal spoke about their 22 years of lobbying in the US Congress. Ms. Ganon spoke about their face to face meeting with DVA Secretary Robert McDonald in Washington last June 29, 2015 and Mr. Garcia spoke about JFAV’s lobbying efforts since 2010 and the current bill HR 2677 or the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2015.

KmB’s Chair Eddy Gana and Stephanie Sajor at Samahang Pilipino PAHM Night, October 14, 2015

KmB's Eddy Gana Jr and Stephanie Sajor rocked the Samahang Pilipino PAHM Night with their poems /spoken words. They also promoted JFAV 15th Annual Protest at Hollywood and Highland, November 11, 2015.

KmB’s Eddy Gana Jr and Stephanie Sajor rocked the Samahang Pilipino PAHM Night with their poems /spoken words. They also promoted JFAV 15th Annual Protest at Hollywood and Highland, November 11, 2015.

Pitzer College Students Visits People’s CORE and FASGI, October 15, 2015

Pitzer Students Visits PCORE and FASGI, October 15, 2015

The FIlipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2015

Text of the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2015

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on June 12, 2015, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 12, 2015 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2766

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 12, 2015

(for herself, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Ms. Clarke of New York,Mr. Connolly, Mr. Costa, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Farr, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Gutiérrez, Ms. Hahn, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Honda, Ms. Lee, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Lipinski, Ms. Lofgren, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Meng, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Norton,Mr. Rush, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Takano, Mr. Tonko,Mr. Vargas, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Castro of Texas, Ms. Castor of Florida, and Mr. Heck of Nevada) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts to have been active service for purposes of benefits under programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2015.

2.

Certain service in the organized military forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts deemed to be active service

(a)

In General

Section 107 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

by striking not after Army of the United States, shall; and

(B)

by striking , except benefits under— and all that follows in that subsection and inserting a period;

(2)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

by striking not after Armed Forces Voluntary Recruitment Act of 1945 shall; and

(B)

by striking except— and all that follows in that subsection and inserting a period;

(3)

by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)

Determination of eligibility

(1)

In determining the eligibility of the service of an individual under this section, the Secretary shall take into account any alternative documentation regarding such service, including documentation other than the Missouri List, that the Secretary determines relevant.

(2)

Not later than March 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report that includes—

(A)

the number of individuals applying for benefits pursuant to this section during the previous year; and

(B)

the number of such individuals that the Secretary approved for benefits.

; and

(4)

by amending subsection (d) to read as follows:

(d)

Relation to Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund

Section 1002(h) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (title X of division A of Public Law 111–5; 123 Stat. 200;38 U.S.C. 107 note) shall not apply to an individual described in subsection (a) or (b) of this section.

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(b)

Conforming Amendments

(1)

The heading of such section is amended to read as follows:

107.

Certain service deemed to be active service: service in organized military forces of the Philippines and in the Philippine Scouts

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(2)

The item relating to such section in the table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1 of such title is amended to read as follows:

107. Certain service deemed to be active service: service in organized military forces of the Philippines and in the Philippine Scouts.

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3.

Effective date

(a)

In general

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Applicability

No benefits shall accrue to any person for any period before the effective date of this Act by reason of the amendments made by this Act.