Petition 81022

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Benefits (81022-C1-R273)

    Readopt resolution 273 of The Book of Resolutions, adding the following:
Be it resolved that the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church recognizes and supports the heroic efforts of Filipino World War II veterans, who as U.S. nationals fought as part of the U.S. Army in defense of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the United States of America.
   Be it resolved that the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church vigorously support the restoration of U.S. veterans benefits as promised when Filipino forces were inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces by President Roosevelt in July 1941, in the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1944, and subsequent federal veterans benefits legislation.

  Be it resolved that the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church urges all our elected officials to support pending federal legislation (or their more recent equivalent) supporting the Filipino-American war veterans:  (1) H.R. 4574/S. 146, the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006;  (2) H.R. 901, an act to give priority in the issuance of immigrant visas to the sons and daughters of Filipino World War II veterans who are or were naturalized citizens of the United States, and for other purposes;  (3) H. Res. 622/S. Res. 307, a Congressional Resolution to formally recognize and honor the Filipino World War II veterans for their defense of democratic ideals and their important contribution to the outcome of World War II, and (4) to complete the commitment to fund the Philippines Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City pursuant to Title 38, U.S. Code, Section 1732.

Rationale

    Soldiers of the Philippine Commonwealth Army were drafted as U.S. nationals into U.S. military service in July 1941.  Yet recognition of their U.S. service and approval of their rights to U.S. veteran’s benefits have been neglected.   Federal legislation addressing these issues is now being discussed in the U.S. Congress.