Posted by Mon on June 26, 2007 at 14:45:33:
SENATOR OBAMA SIGNS ON AS COSPONSOR TO FILIPINO VETERANS EQUITY ACT
Representatives from the Illinois Veterans Equity Center and National
Alliance Met with Senator's Staff During April 11 Senate Veterans
Affairs Committee Hearing
Washington, DC- The National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity
(NAFVE) today applauds Senator Barack Obama's commitment to the
Filipino Veterans Equity Act. The Senator's staff contacted NAFVE
today to confirm the Senator's cosponsorship of the Filipino Veterans
Equity Act, in follow up to a meeting NAFVE and the Illinois Veterans
Equity Center (IVEC) held immediately following the April 11 Senate
Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing on the bill. Senator Obama sits on
the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and his cosponsorship is a
significant turn of events. His office has pledged to work with the
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for passage of this bill.
'The Senator's support comes at a critical juncture for this bill as
the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee looks to markup this
legislation, ' said Ben de Guzman, NAFVE National Campaign
Coordinator. 'We are so thankful for the Senator and his staff for
their continued commitment to securing passage of the Filipino
Veterans Equity Act.'
'Filipino community members in Chicago , including stalwart leaders
like Atty. Vanessa Vergara, have been working directly with Senator
Obama for a long time now. When we met with the Senator's staff in
April, we reminded them of the previous statement of support for the
Filipino Veterans Senator Obama has made in the past,' said Jerry
Clarito, IVEC Director, referring to a quote from the Senator in an
NBC news piece on November 2005. 'His staff has told us that the
commitment of local Filipino WW 2 veterans like IVEC President Arcadio
Calabas to come all the way to Washington for this issue was key in
securing the Senator's support for this bill.'
NAFVE represents over 20 local, national and international
organizations committed to securing full equity for Filipino World War
II Veterans. More information about NAFVE and the Filipino Veterans
Equity Act is available on the NAFVE Web site: www.nafve.org.
QUOTE from NBC 5 News, Chicago , IL (November 17, 2005): 'The latest
to join the push for recognition is Sen. Barack Obama, a member of the
Veteran Affairs Committee. Obama said, 'I believe we should honor
their sacrifices and give them the benefits that they earned, that is
why I support bringing this legislation to a vote.'' http://www.nbc5.
com/news/ 5350489/detail. html?z=dp&dpswid=2265994&dppid=65193