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17/02/2010: U.S. Veterans Affairs Office Grants US$149M to Filipino WWII Veterans as of 01 February 2010

17 FEBRUARY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the passage of the deadline for the filing of applications for benefits under the World War II Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund yesterday, the latest report from the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) indicates that it has awarded a total of US$149,133,000 to eligible Filipino veterans from the US$198 M FVEC Fund.  Out of this amount, a total of $55,683,000 was remitted directly to Filipino Veterans residing in the Philippines.  This infusion of fresh funds circulating in the Philippine economy translates to more than PhP 2.5 B.

The VA initially estimated 18,000 eligible Filipino WWII Veterans eligible for FVEC.  As of 01 February 2010, 35,715 claims have been received, out of which 6,187 have been approved for non-US citizens, 6,230 approved for Filipino Veterans with U.S. Citizenship, and 8,713 applications disapproved. The remaining 14,585 claims are still pending. The breakdown of the status of the processing and granting of claims are as follows:

Status

Number

Claims Received

35,715

Claims Granted ($9,000)

6,187

Claims Granted ($15,000)

6,230

Claims Denied

8,713

Claims Completed

21,130

Claims Pending

14,585

 

For disapproved applicants, the VA has given two options available to appeal their claim.  First is to provide VA with evidence that may lead them to change their decision.  The notification letter sent to them provides any potential missing evidence to validate their application.  Second is to file a notice of disagreement (NOD) in writing, explaining their reason/s for disagreement.  Claimants are given one year from the date of the notification letter from VA to file the NOD.  Appeal rights are explained in the enclosed VA Form 4107, "Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision," included in the notification letter.  VA Form 4107 is also available for download at the Philippine Embassy website at www.philippineembassy-usa.org.

The Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. will continue to assist veterans who have been denied their claims.  OVA can be reached at veteransaffairs@usphilveterans.com or at 202-467-9427 and 202-467-9410.

For further information about FVEC benefits or VA benefits program, visit http://iris.va.gov.  US residents may also reach the VA at 1-800-827-1000 or (TDD) 1-800-829-4833; for Philippine residents, 632-528-2500 (within Metro Manila) or 1-800-1888-5252 (outside Manila).  END.