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SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI RENEW CALL FOR FULL BENEFITS FOR FILIPINO WWII VETERANS

JFAV UPDATES

June 15, 2016

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2016

Contact:
Michael Inacay (Schatz), (202) 224-3123
Karina Petersen (Murkowski), (907) 276-3217

SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI RENEW CALL FOR FULL BENEFITS FOR FILIPINO WWII VETERANS

HONOLULU – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, introduced the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2016. This legislation would ensure that surviving Filipino veterans are fully eligible for the benefits they earned while serving under the U.S. flag during the Second World War.

“We have failed Filipino World War II veterans,” said Senator Schatz.  “These veterans and their families have waited for decades to receive the compensation that they deserve, and it is simply wrong for our country to deny them the benefits they were promised.  Time is running out, and for some, it is already too late.  We must act quickly to pass this legislation and fully honor the men and women who served so bravely in a time of war.”


“Filipino veterans put their lives on the line in the defense of US interests in the Pacific during World War II,”
said Senator Murkowski. “It’s about time we treat the Filipino veterans of World War II with the respect their sacrifice entitles and eliminate the arbitrary distinctions in our veterans benefits laws.”
More than 250,000 Filipinos served under the U.S. flag in the Pacific during the Second World War.  As citizens of a U.S. commonwealth during the war, they were promised full veterans benefits for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. However, because of the Rescission Act of 1946, most Filipino World War II veterans did not receive benefits they were promised.  Instead, these veterans have lived on quietly, often under-recognized and denied the basic veterans recognition they earned. The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2016 fulfills the moral obligation of the United States to take care of its veterans and their families.

The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2016 eliminates the distinction between the Regular or “Old” Philippine Scouts and the other three groups of veterans — Commonwealth Army of the Philippines, Recognized Guerrilla Forces, and New Philippine Scouts.  It also allows Filipino veterans’ spouses and children to qualify for the same Dependency and Indemnity Compensation that current U.S. veterans receive.  Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives with 37 co-sponsors and bipartisan support.

Today, there are an estimated 17,000 living Filipino veterans of World War II, now in their 80s and 90s.

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SOCAL FILAM DENTISTS DENTISTS CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 18, 2016

EPCC NEWS

June 14 2016

SOCAL FILAM DENTISTS DENTISTS CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 18, 2016

Los Angeles– It’s a go for the 5oth Anniversary celebrations of the Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS).

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“They were the pioneers for change, The trailblazer for equality and against racism.”

With this tribute, the Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS) will honor their founders in their celebration of  their 50th Anniversary on June 18, 2016  at the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California to mark their 50 years milestone.

This was announced by the officers of the SCFDS during their TV appearance at KTLA lat Monday, June 13, 2016.

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Filipino dentists recalled that they and other foreign-trained dentists first immigrated to the U.S., they were not allowed to practice dentistry, under the assumption that the education and experience of foreign-trained dentists were not to the level of U.S. standards. In California.

Dr. Rene  Calugcugan, SCFDS President narrated, ” When Filipino dentists and other foreign-trained dentists first immigrated to the U.S., they were not allowed to practice dentistry, under the assumption that the education and experience of foreign-trained dentists were not to the level of U.S. standards. In California.”

They organized and began strategizing how to go about change, thus establishing the California Filipino Dental Society. Filipino dentists from all over California joined in the effort and eventually grew so large that a Southern California chapter was born, let by the first president, Dr. Juan C. Bides.

Filipinos and other foreign dentists had tremendous difficulty legitimizing their education and skills and had to jump through hoops, re-entering dental school with limited opportunities to even take the California required board examinations.”

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Dr Maria Moran said, ” Originally founded in 1966 as an affiliate chapter of the Philippine Dental Association, SCFDS started with the vision of helping foreign-trained dentists legitimately practice dentistry in America.”

Dr. Rene Calugcugan SCFDS President said,” Both Northern and Southern chapters joined forces and initiated legislation to allow foreign-trained dentists to practice in California.Basically, we rode on the shoulders of the pioneer FilAm dentist who paved the way for us

For that. we are forever grateful for their trailblazing work for our community.” Calugcuan declared.

Dra. Maria Moran said, ” They drew the attention of Assemblyman, Willie Brown, Jr., and Senator Milton Marks. Both legislators championed to push forth the new legislation despite stiff opposition. Eventually, the new legislation did pass with a 69-0 vote among the Assembly and a 32-0 vote in the Senate.

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Then governor, Ronald Reagan, signed the new legislation into law on June 12, 1969, to coincide with Philippine Independence Day. More than 3,000 foreign-trained dentists have since benefited from the efforts of the SCFDS.

Thus,in honor of the California  Governor who passed the law that made the SCFDS what it is now, the 5oth anniversary celebration is aptly being held  at the Reagan Presidential Library  in Simi Valley on June 18, 2016.”

SCFDS President Dr.Calugcucan added, ” Today, SCFDS boasts 300 members dedicated to professional excellence and the development of future Filipino dentists.

Our goal is to secure SCFDS as the premier Filipino dental association in the region and support our members in their professional path.” Dr. Rene Calugcugan declared.

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