Legislation to grant Filipino Americans who fought in World War II the Congressional Gold Medal has been introduced in Congress, reports the Imperial Valley News.
A news conference to introduce the bill was held and attended by numerous legislators including Representatives Tulsi Gabbard(HI-2), Joe Heck (NV-3), Juan Vargas (CA-51) and Senator Mazie Hirono (HI).
“I’m excited to be a part of the movement to obtain national recognition for Filipino and Filipino American Veterans,” said Vargas. “It is tremendously important that we honor the people who fought so valiantly against the crushing expansionism of Imperial Japan—some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Introducing this bill is the first step toward officially recognizing these veterans with our nation’s highest expression of appreciation.”