Thursday, April 17, 2008
Advocates are organizing another push on the Filipino Veterans Equity Act this week. Here is an important announcement:
Thank you to those who contacted Congress in February and March on behalf of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act (S. 1315); your efforts have moved us closer to realizing full equity for the Veteranos. The Senate may bring S. 1315 to the floor as EARLY AS THIS WEEK! This is the moment we've fought hard for. With the House poised to act after the Senate takes this vote, THIS IS THE MOST URGENT MOMENT OF OUR CAMPAIGN!
The Senate needs to hear from you. Every Senator needs to know that they must pass S. 1315 and oppose any efforts to weaken the bill. Our veterans deserve nothing less. We especially urge those who live outside of California to reach out to your Senators as we need votes from over 60 Senators to pass S. 1315.
What YOU can do :
1. Contact both your Senators: Send calls, e-mails and faxes and call on them to support S. 1315 and to vote YES when it comes to a floor vote. You can contact the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to any member of Congress. (See below for talking points)
2. Oppose efforts to water down the provisions of the current bill.
If you are directly connected to a Filipino veteran, let them know the bill impacts you.
For more information about the bill, contact the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE). Please click here or contact Ben de Guzman, Campaign Coordinator at (202) 422-4909.
To contact us as Filipinos for Affirmative Action, please call (510) 465-9876.
Thank you for your support and together, let's PASS the Filipino WWII Veterans Equity Act NOW!
The 1946 Rescission Act took away US Veterans status for these veterans, and the Filipiino Veterans Equity Act will not only restore this status, but will restore the honor and recognition of their service that they deserve.
Nationals from more than 60 other countries who also served under US command received US Veteran status. Filipinos were singled our for discriminatory treatment.
All of our veterans deserve to be treated the same--we are committed to full support of ALL our veterans, but want to make sure that we take care of the veterans who are a part of the "Greatest Generation." S 1315 allows us to provide needed services and benefits for ALL veterans, as well as correct a 62 year injustice to veterans who held the line for us in WWII.
Pass S. 1315 NOW!