Lofgren Praises Passage of the Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2003

July 24, 2003
Press Release

Legislation Extends Health Benefits to Filipino Veterans of World War II

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Washington, DC — The House of Representatives passed the Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2003 in a voice vote this week, extending VA health benefits to Filipino Veterans of World War II who currently reside in the United States.  Congresswoman Lofgren praised passage of this bill.o:p>

“This is a long anticipated and much deserved step for the Filipino soldiers who fought for the U.S. in World War II.  More than 60 years ago, on July 26, 1941, brave Filipino men answered President Roosevelt’s call to arms and served with great distinction in our war in the South Pacific against the Japanese,” Lofgren said.  “These men have earned the benefits of VA health care at VA hospitals in the U.S.  I congratulate my colleagues for addressing this inequity and urge my Senate colleagues to address this issue so that President Bush can sign this bill as soon as possible.  It is my hope that we can continue these efforts to honor all veterans who have served with such bravery.”