US Embassy reminds Pinoy WWII veterans of Feb. 16 deadline

The US Embassy in the Manila is reminding Filipino World War II (WWII) veterans that applications to avail themselves of the one-time benefit from the 2009 Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 should be submitted by February 16.

In a statement, the US Embassy said that the applications should be received by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) by February 16, 2010.

The one-time payments to Filipino veterans of WWII were made available after US President Barack Obama signed ARRA last February 2009 to recognize the services of the qualified Filipino veterans.

Since it was signed, claims from eligible Filipino veterans for the one-time payment of $9,000 for non-US citizens and $15,000 for Filipino veterans who are now US citizens, have been processed by US authorities.

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