Many Filipino soldiers who fought in World War II for the United States are still waiting for veterans’ benefits that were promised to them during the war. A recent story in the Washington Post highlights the stress experienced by some of the WWII veteran Filipino soldiers who have dealt with numerous delays in receiving the VA benefits to which they are entitled.
These Filipino soldiers fought against Japanese forces in the Philippines during WWII. The soldiers were promised U.S. veterans’ benefits in exchange for their service to the United States. This pledge was later rescinded under the Rescission Act of 1946.
In Feb. 2009, the U.S. government finally agreed to give qualified Filipino veterans a one-time payment of either $9,000 or $15,000. This was offered in place of the veteran pensions that had been promised to the soldiers.
While this could be considered a step forward for the WWII Filipino veterans, it appears the payments are being dispersed at a slow rate. This is bad news for aging veterans who need and deserve financial assistance from the VA and have been waiting for decades to receive the funds.
Listed below are a few key facts about the lump payments to WWII veterans from the Philippines:
- At least 250,000 Filipino soldiers served in WWII for the United States
- 40,000 individuals applied for the VA benefit
- The VA expected that only 20,000 veterans would apply
- About 11,000 Filipino veterans have received payment
- About 8,000 Filipino veterans’ benefit claims have been denied
- 16,000 claims have not yet been reviewed and processed
Sadly, this backlog means that many Filipino soldiers who dedicated their service to the United States may not receive their benefits in time to use them.
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