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Inquirer: US to Review Denied Filipino Veterans Benefit Claims

Filipino American Veterans AssociationThe United States is willing to review the rejected benefit claims of thousands of Filipino veterans who served with American forces during World War II, reported the Inquirer.

The veterans’ claims were previously denied by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Some veterans said the denial was partly because the US did not accept records from the Philippines of their war service and some required records from a federal registry in St. Louis, Missouri which were destroyed in a fire.

Florida Rep. Jeff Miller told the Inquirer that the US government was very careful reviewing the Filipino veterans’ compensation claims to their service over six decades ago and that such a review isn’t a guarantee of reconsideration.

“We understand there are other individuals who claim they have a right to compensation and I agree that every person should have the opportunity for a full and complete review,” he said. “But we have to be careful that only those who earned the compensation get the compensation.”

Read more on the Inquirer.


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