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Samantha Garcia

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Transcript of AAS347 JFAV

• Since the 1960s, he has been lobbying on Capitol Hill, Washington DC to
fully restore the US Government recognition and VA benefits to his Filipino
WWII comrades.
• For the past five decades, Rumingan was an advocate for his fellow
veterans on Capitol Hill.
• Rumingan was arrested in a protest demonstration when he chained
himself to the White House fence to draw attention to his cause and spent
a few hours in jail with fellow protester, Congressman Bob Filner.
• Later that year (1996), he was one of the founders of the ACFV (American
Coalition for Filipino Veterans).
Discussion Questions
1. Do you think it is justifiable that community organizations and fil-am veterans are still fighting for this? If so, why? If not, why not? Consider that many Filipino American veterans are of old age and dying.

2. Seeing that many Fil-Am Veterans might not live to see their benefits, what are other ways Fil-Am Veterans can receive benefits, if they should receive any at all?

3. How can we help as people of the younger generation?
Fil-Am Veterans
Acts Regarding Fil-Am Veterans
Community fighting for Fil-Am Vets
Justice for Filipino American Veterans
JFAV Annual Rally
Rally held on Veteran's day by more than 30 community organizations (FACLA, Filipino American Community, Los Angeles and students (like CSUN FASA)
Usually held in front of the Federal Building in LA (since 1997) but was held in Hollywood near Hollywood/Vine and ending at the Chinese Mann theater to bring more awareness to the issue.
An inside look at the 2012 JFAV rally:
VALOR monument to recognize Fil-Am Vets
located in Lake Street Park in Historic Filipinotown,
consists of 5 tall black granite slabs, each telling the story of the Philippines from U.S. colonization to Fil-Am Veterans.
It is the first monument dedicated to the 250,000 Filipino and 7,000 Filipino American soldiers who fought for the United States in World War II.
• Born on December 27, 1925, in Cabanatuan area, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
and died March 29, 2012.
• A disabled Philippine Scout from Arlington, Virginia.
• During the war, he joined the guerrillas of the 201 Squadron of Capt. Juan
• He was processed on October 31, 1945 with a USAFFE serial number
Philippine Army 207231 and was honorably discharged as sergeant on
February 20, 1946.
• He retired as a Sergeant First Class due to a permanent physical disability
on March 31, 1951.
Guillermo Rumingan
He helped lead the campaign to renovate the full US recognition and
veterans' benefits to his friends.
• His efforts led to the passage of five bills in the U.S. Congress providing
more than $300 million in veteran’s benefits.
• Includes full medical coverage and $15,000 one-time payment to each
surviving U.S. citizen Filipino World War II veteran (and $9,000 each for
non-U.S. citizen Filipino veteran).
Filipino Fairness Act
American nationality, Filipinos were promised all the benefits afforded to those serving in the armed forces of the United States. In 1946, Congress passed the Rescission Act which stripped Filipinos of the benefits they were promised, giving the reason that the United States gave the Philippines two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) after the war. (Filipino American veterans continue to fight for recognition)

In 2009, Section 1002 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided for a one-time $15,000 lump sum for the surviving veterans who are US Citizens, and a $9,000 lump sum settlement for non-citizens. Eligible people have 1 year from the time of passage of this bill to file claims. $198,000,000 was set aside for these payments.
The Philippines won independence from Spain in 1898.

Fighting a second war for independence from the U.S.

Filipinos were considered "nationals"
- Open migration from the Philippines to the U.S.
- Tidings McDuffy Act

In 1941, Filipino immigrants joined the army and navy to help defend the U.S. and the Philippines against Japanese invasion.
Filipino 1st and 2nd Infantry Regiments were created.

For their service, these soldiers earned American citizenship and veteran status.

250,00 Filipinos in the Philippines were inducted into the U.S. military by President Roosevelt to aid the U.S. war effort on the Pacific front.

The Rescission Act of 1946
The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act is the name of a number of acts that have been introduced to the United States Congress in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate since the 103rd Congress in 1993. Since then, nearly every session of Congress has seen a new version of the bill introduced. The purpose of these bills is to amend Title 38 of the United States Code to grant citizenship to Filipinos who have completed an enlistment in the American Armed Forces; at least some versions of this bill would grant citizenship to other foreign nationals under the same provisions.
What is the Filipino Fairness Act?
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