Bill Now Heads To US House
United States Senate Thursday (today) passed a bill to expand veterans’
benefits, including a provision to restore full U.S. veterans’ status
to all Filipino World War II vets.
Senator Ted Stevens championed the measure, along with Senators Daniel
Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii. In a statement read into the Senate
record, Stevens pointed out that Filipinos who served the United States
during the Second World War were originally given benefits. But in 1946
Congress stripped them from those who stayed in the Philippines.
Embassy of the Philippines says there were 470-thousand Filipino World
War II veterans after the war. Today only about 18-thousand of them
survive. Stevens says he and Senator Inouye visited the some of them in
the Philippines earlier this year.
And he defended the cost of providing benefits to them.
The bill now moves to the US House for its consideration.