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11/01/2010: Ambassador Gaa Reminds Qualified Filvets of Deadline for Filing Claims for Equity Benefits

11 January 2010 – In view of the deadline for the filing of benefits created by the Filipino World War II Veterans Equity Compensation provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa reminded and urged eligible applicants to submit their applications to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) before the deadline date of February 16, 2010.

The Ambassador said, “All those applicants who are potential beneficiaries of the new one-time benefit, are encouraged to file their applications immediately and make sure that their applications are received by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs not later than February 16, 2010. With only six weeks left before the deadline, eligible applicants must take this opportunity to redeem this benefit that is rightfully theirs by virtue of their courage and sacrifice fighting side by side with the Americans during the Second World War.”

Regarding the progress on the processing and release of these benefits, Ambassador Gaa noted that, "As of January 1 2010, the USDVA has approved approximately 11,345 applications by eligible Filipino WWII veterans and widows, while there are currently 16,725 claims that are pending."

Citing information from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Ambassador Gaa confirmed that of the 39,591claims filed, "the vast majority are now in the system and are being processed accordingly."  He said that of the claims that are now being processed, “there are currently 6,777 claims that have been denied.”

Additional information and details regarding requirements and procedures for filing a claim for this benefit can be found at the Philippine Embassy website at www.philippineembassy-usa.org. END.