Friday, May 30, 2008

More Help Needed on Filipino War Veterans Bill

CALL TO ACTION: Contact Members of the House to Support Filipino Veterans at this Critical Juncture

Dear Friends:

On April 24th, the US Senate passed S.1315, the Veterans' Benefits Enhancement Act by a bi-partisan vote of 96-1. The passing of this bill holds historic significance because S.1315 contains provisions to correct the over 60 year injustice to Filipino WWII Veterans by restoring their US Veteran status.  It will not reduce benefits for other veterans.

The House of Representatives is close to bringing Filipino WWII veterans legislation to the floor for a vote as early as next week, but your help is needed to make sure that when this happens, we will emerge victorious. We need to secure support from both Democratic and Republican Representatives to safely pass this bill. We are so close to ending this glaring injustice. Please ACT NOW!

What YOU can do today:

Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to any member of Congress. You can also find information on your particular Representative by clicking here.

Tell them: "I urge Congressmember [insert name] to pass the House version of S. 1315 which includes provisions to restore US veteran status for Filipinos and provide them with the resources they need to live out the remainder of their lives with the honor and dignity they deserve."

You can add the following talking points:

It's now time for the House to act.
This legislation as amended, provides a range of benefits that help ALL veterans and will NOT take a dime from any current veteran.

As a community, we must unite at this critical time to pass S.1315 in the House.  The remaining Filipino WWII veterans cannot wait much longer.

Equity for Filipino WWII Veterans! Mabuhay!

Lillian

Please call Lillian Galedo at (510) 465-9876, extension 308 with your questions.

bh

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