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24/06/2011: Secretary Shinseki Assures Secretary Del Rosario of Continued Support for Filipino Veterans

Secretary Eric Shinseki, left, with Secretary Albert del Rosario

Photo above shows Secretary Eric Shinseki, left, with Secretary Albert del Rosario.

24 June 2011, Washington DC. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario met last June 22 with Secretary Eric Shinseki of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to explore opportunities to extend continued assistance to Filipino and Filipino American veterans.

Secretary del Rosario urged the DVA to reconsider the cases of certain veterans denied benefits under the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation.  It is required that the names of veterans, to be eligible for benefits, appear in both the Roster of Troops prepared by the U.S. Army after the war or the Individual Folders of veterans containing their discharge papers (AGO Form 23).  The Secretary also requested Secretary Shinseki to continue U.S. government support for the Veterans Hospital in the Philippines.

Secretary Shinseki committed to look into a fair procedure with regards to the required documentation. He also conveyed to the Secretary the DVA’s continued support for the Veterans Hospital, the latest of which is a two-year program that upgraded the hospital’s technical and diagnostic capabilities.

“We have a special obligation, a special responsibility to the young men and women who fought during the war”, Secretary Shinseki said. END