A Filipino American veteran who dedicated his life to winning recognition for his years of service in the military during World War II has died at age 100, reports the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Silverio Cuaresma is one of 24,000 Filipino American veterans who’s benefit claims has been denied because the Department of Veteran Affairs doesn’t recognize his service records.
“As one of the World War II Mighty Five Nevadans, Mr. Cuaresma fought tirelessly to secure recognition for this nation’s nearly 24,000 Filipino World War II veterans,” Sen Dean Heller (R-Nevada) said. “We have a moral obligation to continue the fight to ensure that Filipino veterans, like Mr. Cuaresma, are honored for their sacrifices.”
Cuaresma served under U.S. Army Col. Edwin Ramsey, leader of the 26th Cavalry