June 13, 2015

US Congress seeks to confer gold medal on PH veterans

Just in time for the celebrations marking 117 years of Philippine independence on Friday, US legislators on Thursday (Friday in Manila) introduced a bill in the US Congress seeking to confer the highest congressional honor on Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who fought with US forces during World War II.

“Filipino veterans fought bravely alongside American forces during World War II, and our recognition of their service and sacrifice is long overdue,” said Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at a press conference she called with Sen. Mazie Hirono (Democrat-Hawaii) to announce the bill’s introduction.

“The Filipino veterans of World War II have faced many challenges in their fight for compensation, family reunification and verification of wartime service,” said Hirono.

Read the entire piece at: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/124613/us-congress-seeks-to-confer-gold-medal-on-ph-veterans


By:  Nimfa U. Rueda and Nina P. Calleja
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer