Thursday, April 12, 2007
However, it has taken a generation for the United States government to recognize their heroism. Stripped of their U.S. Veteran status and benefits promised to them under the G.I. Bill of Rights, Filipino Veterans have only in the last 20 years begun to receive the recognition due them as veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Their organizing efforts have led to a number of "Equity bills," which have restored partial veterans' rights to some. The battle to win full equity and honor has not been won. The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution of support for H.R. 760/S.57, which would grant veterans' rights to all Filipino Veterans. We remember the heroes from those battles every year. It is time the government recognize their bravery in full.