Veterans Given Until February 16 to File Claims
Roxas City -- The on-going application for the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) benefit of eligible Filipino WWII veterans will end on February 16 this year.
FVEC provision was stipulated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or Economic Stimulus Bill signed by President Barrack Obama in February 2009 to recognize the service of qualified veterans.
"If sending the application by mail, veterans are encouraged to send the application early enough to ensure its receipt by USDVA by the February 16, 2010 deadline," said a US Embassy – Manila Information Office news release.
Veterans can also submit their application in person to the USDVA offices at the US Embassy.
The news also added that the new, one-time benefits are available to eligible veterans and widows of eligible veterans who applied before their death. Any change in the law to provide these additional benefits to other survivors would require new legislation in the U.S. Congress.
Every application is handled expeditiously so that qualified veterans receive their payments as quickly as possible.
As of December 29, USDVA has approved the applications of more than 11,300 eligible Filipino WWII veterans or their widows; these qualified veterans and widows have been paid a total of nearly P6.4 billion.
Approximately half of the nearly P6.4 billion in one-time benefits paid out so far has gone to Filipino WWII veterans with American citizenship, and the other half to non-U.S. citizen Filipino WW II veterans.
There is no "master list" of eligible veterans for this new, one-time benefit. Each claim is unique and decided on its own merits.
All veterans who feel they may be eligible are encouraged to apply immediately.
The application process is free and simple, and there is no need to pay anyone to assist in completing the form, which can be mailed to the U.S. Embassy.
Veterans can also call USDVA at (632) 528-2500 or toll free outside Metro Manila at 1-800-1888-5252 for more information. (PIA)