The new Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC)fund
authorized through the newly enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009:
Link to the On-Line Form 21-4138 (CF) Statement in Support of Claim (FVEC)
Subject: FW: Filipino WWII Information
Date: Thursday, September 3
, 2009, 10:01 AM
Kindly forward to those in your e-mail list or if you are able to do media advisories, so much the better or in whatever
manner we could spread this communication from Gen Tony Taguba addressed to our beloved WW11 Filvets &
their families Re: Compensation Claims.
I am also pasting here an e-mail w/ useful info from Mr Sonny Sampayan.
Thanks to all parties for the love & care you are giving the Filvets, our national
Maraming Salamat po,
Maria Elizabeth Embry
xxxx Hamlin Court
Antioch Ca 94509
FW: Filipino WWII Information
Thursday, September 3, 2009 8:46
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All, for your info and widest dissemination to the Fil-Am WWII veterans and Fil-Am communities at large
Request you provide to print and broadcast media elements
for public awareness and outreach. The intent is to keep the Veterans and families informed, dispel any rumors, myth
or misunderstanding on eligibility and processing, and provide assistance when necessary. Please forward to veterans support
groups and community contacts as needed.
Progress is being made in the claims processing at the Manila
VA regional office given the increased amount of applications to date based on
the two meeting we’ve had with VA officials. Applicant verification and compliance to the law are important to
ensure claims are approved and checks are sent out promptly. Mr
Jon Skelley and his staff are giving their best efforts in the execution of this program.
This information is posted on the VA Center for Minority Veterans (Ron Sagudan is the point of contact in coordination with Steve Furrer at VBA and Jon Skelly at the Manila VA Regional
Office) and on the VA central websites. This will also be updated on monthly basis to keep informed all concerned.
Please acknowledge receipt. Thanks kindly, Tony Taguba
to Gen Taguba's e-mail:
#1 Link to Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)
#2 Link to Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs) - Tagalog Version
#3 Points of Interests
1. The Manila
Regional Office (RO) is working to process each application accurately and timely. Within two months after the law as
passed, VA established an adjudication process, payment system, accounting system, and payment delivery system to successfully
issue the first FVEC payment on April 8, 2009. The claims process is provided below:
A. Each application is submitted to the Manila RO via a
VA Form 21-4138, and is examined for eligibility based on the criteria established in ‘‘American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009’’ HR 1, Sec. 1002, the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund.
B. If you have questions concerning
FVEC benefits, or would like more information about VA benefit programs and how to apply, various options are available.
Contact VA on the Internet at http://iris.va.gov and submit an on-line inquiry
- United States residents may call VA at 1-800-827-1000
- Philippine residents within Metro Manila may call 632-528-2500
- Philippine residents outside Manila may call 1-800-1888-5252
- If you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the number is 1-800-829-4833 (United States residents only).
C. Once all of the evidence
and service verification is received and reviewed, a decision is made. Concurrently, a notification letter is sent to
the claimant, to explain the reasons and basis used to determine the decision.
2) As of September 1, 2009, 31,876 claims have been received. The initial benchmark for the number of eligible
applicants was estimated at 18,000 Filipino WWII Veterans. In addition to these claims, the Manila Regional Office (RO)
has received more than 4,400 duplicate or incomplete applications.
3) As of September 1,
2009, 8,990 applications have been processed through the first
four and a half months since processing began: 3,414 approved for non-United States citizens, 3,138 approved for Filipino Veterans with U.S. Citizenship, and 2,438 applications disapproved.
There are 22,886 pending claims.
4) VA continues to conduct
numerous successful outreach
programs to inform veterans and their families about this benefit. This aggressive outreach will
continue as FVEC claims may be submitted until February 16, 2010 . VA is unable to predict the volume of additional claims and is unable to
predict a future processing completion date. The Manila RO has established a dedicated team of employees who solely
process FVEC claims. To date, over $77 million has been awarded to eligible Filipino veterans.
is home to the only VA Regional Office located outside the United States
or its territories. This is evidence of the strong commitment VA has to Filipino veterans and their dependents.
5) Two options are available to claimants who do not agree with a VA decision. The first option is to provide VA with evidence that may lead VA to change the decision.
The notification letter will clearly identify any potential missing evidence the claimant should provide in order to substantiate
The second option is to file a notice of disagreement (NOD), in writing, explaining the reasons for disagreement.
The time frame to file a notice of disagreement is one year from the date of the
notification letter explaining the reasons and basis VA used to make their decision. VA encloses a
VA Form 4107, "Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision," with FVEC notification letters to help explain appeal rights to
an appeal is received, the claimant will be provided hearing options to include a video hearing or a face-to face hearing
at the nearest regional office.
6) Due to Privacy
Act provisions the list of applicants and claimants are not subject to public disclosure.
7) As a reminder, applications
must be submitted no later than February
Claims Granted ($9,000)
Claims Granted ($15,000)
Notes by M.E. I had applied color highlights on
U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs Stats for Filipino WWII Veterans as of 1 Sep 09
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 11:29 PM
The U.S. Dept of Veterans
Affair's Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) is now providing updates on the claims status of WWII Filipino
Veterans. This data can be found at http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/ and will be updated periodically by the Minority Veterans
Programs Coordinator (MVPC) which can be found at http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/page.cfm?pg=7.
Furthermore, the CMV has also
published a lists which identifies the local representative that can help Veterans. This lists is called Veterans Benefits Administration
(VBA). The VBAs are available in major cities across America
to help Veterans file their claims as well as help with other VA related matters. This lists can be found at http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/page.cfm?pg. Please disseminate this information. Feel free to email
me if you have any questions.
R Sonny Sampayan-Sampayan (USAF,
P.S. On a personal note,
I'd like to thank Mr. Ronald
Sagudan, the Program Analysts at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Minority Veterans,
General Tony Taguba (USA, Ret), Chair of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans at the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs and
Mr. Lyn Johnson, our New York City MVPC who has reached out to the Filipino Community to help find every
Veteran who maybe qualified for VA benefits files before the February 2010 deadline.
BCC in effect
Stimulus Bill Provides $198 Million for Filipino Veterans
February 20, 2009
Congress Recognizes World War II Service
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced a new benefit for Filipino Veterans
who aided American troops in World War II -- a cash payment authorized through the newly enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment
Claims are now being accepted from Filipino Veterans eligible for one-time payments of $9,000 for
non-U.S. citizens and $15,000 for Filipino Veterans with U.S. citizenship. The
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to begin making payments as soon as possible.
VA and the Embassy of the United States in
Manila have announced locations in the Philippines
where Veterans can apply immediately. The list has been posted at http://manila.usembassy.gov.
To receive information by mail, United
States residents may call 1-800-827-1000. Philippine residents may call 632-528-2500
(within Metro Manila) or from outside Manila at 1-800-1888-5252. In
addition, Filipino Veterans may request information via email at https://iris.va.gov.
The VA Regional Office in Manila will
process all claims for this benefit. Therefore, U.S. residents
should mail the application to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional Office, PSC 501, FPO AP 96515-100.
Extensive outreach is planned to alert World War II Veterans throughout the Philippines. Claims must be submitted by Feb. 16,
2010, a year after the bill’s signing.
The payments do not affect other benefits Veterans may be receiving. The VA regional
office in Manila currently provides approximately $15 million monthly in monetary benefits
to Veterans residing in the Philippines. About
$8 million of this goes to Filipino World War II Veterans or their survivors each month.
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