APALA National President Johanna Puno Hester commented: “Too long have our veterans been unrewarded for their valiant service to this country. This is such an important piece of legislation that would send waves to the Filipino and Filipino American communities on the significant role we’ve played (and continue to play) in American history.”
APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana added: “We’re calling all hands on deck. The Senate already passed the bill earlier this year, and we need to continue to pressure our representatives in the House to ensure the bill goes to President Obama. It’s time to put our foot on the gas, not step on the brakes.”
Over 260,000 Filipinos fought to defend the U.S. in World War II, and over 15,000 are still alive today and continue to wait for recognition. The Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 would award Filipino veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor by Congress.
To support the campaign:
- Call members of the House Leadership to make sure our bill passes. Find contact information here: http://www.filvetrep.org/take-action/
- Share our social media outreach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with your network and use the hashtag #FilVets and #FilVetREP