US House approves bill recognizing Filipino WWII veterans
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HONOLULU — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to
The House's unanimous approval came Wednesday after the Senate passed the legislation this summer. The bill will now go before President Barack Obama to be signed.
"Now we can tell our veterans with pride in our hearts that this grateful nation has, at last, granted them recognition for the selfless sacrifice they endured in war, and restored their dignity and
Under the legislation, over 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who responded to President Franklin Roosevelt's "call-to-duty" will be awarded the nation's highest civilian
The bill was sponsored by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Hawaii's congressional leaders have been pushing for the measure to recognize the approximately 18,000 Filipino WWII veterans still alive in the U.S., as most of them are in their 90s.
"For months, we have said that time is running out to recognize Filipino World War II veterans for their brave service," Hirono said in the release. "Today's House passage is the culmination of decades of work by these veterans and their families to recognize their key role in the Allied victory, and their decades-long fight for benefits."
Gabbard urged Obama to sign the bill into law before the year's end to "