JFAV STATEMENT OF MEMORIAL DAY 2019

JFAV UPDATES
May 26, 2019
 
JFAV STATEMENT OF MEMORIAL DAY 2019
 
LOS ANGELES- HONOR OUR VETERANS. GIVE THEM THEIR DUE RECOGNITION AND BENEFITS
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The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) join the nation and the Filipino American Community in honoring Memorial Day.
 
On Memorial Day, we honor all American Veterans who served their country especially Filipino American Veterans who until now remained unrecognized as American veterans for 72 years.
 
We are extremely happy that this memorial day, SenatorMazie Hirono and Liza Murkoswki reintroduced the Family Reunifaction Act in the Senate with 16 other sponsors.
 
While in the House of Representatives (HOR),Rep. Jackie Speier reintroduced the Restoration of Benefits Act for Filipino WWII veterans and theri survivors last May 17,
 
Big Boost For Veterans
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These congressional actions of our champion advocates in the US Congress gives us great boost that we are not forgotten and still rememembred and our sacrifices during World WAr II is still honored.
 
“During World War II, Filipino soldiers stepped up and answered the call to service, fighting and sacrificing alongside American servicemembers,”
 
Hirono said in a statement.“However, because these family members have been stuck in a decades-long visa backlog, they have not been able to reunite with their relatives in the United States.
 
The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act would fulfill our nation’s promise to honor Filipino World War II veterans’ service to our country and reunite these families.”
 
Justice for Filipino WWII Veterans
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More than 260,000 Filipino soldiers followed America’s call to fight under the American flag in World War II.
 
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush granted U.S. citizenship to about 36,000 Filipino nationals in recognition of their service to the United States during World War II.
 
However, the 1990 law did not confer citizenship or residency to the veterans’ children, who remained separated from their parents. Due to a visa backlog, Filipino applicants must wait more than two decades before their applications are considered.
 
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