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18/02/2009: Ambassador Gaa Hosts Reception to Celebrate Victory in the Fight Recognition and Benefits for Filipino WWII Veterans

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa hosted a reception at the Philippine Embassy on 18 February 2009 to celebrate victory in the fight for recognition and benefits for Filipino WWII veterans following the signing into law by U.S. President Barack Obama of a provision recognizing the military service of Filipino veterans in WWII and providing them with lump sum benefits. It was also an occasion to render thanks and appreciation to all those who have supported the cause of the veterans.

The reception was attended by the Filipino veterans, leaders and members of the Filipino American community in the Metro D.C. area, the media, and staffers of key supporters of the bill in the U.S. Congress such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Bob Filner.

Ambassador Gaa delivering his remarks

M/Gen Delfin Lorenzana of the Embassy’s Veteran’s Affairs Office delivering President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s statement

Ben De Guzman (5th from right) of NAFVE distributing “care” packages to Filipino WWII veterans