On June 11 in Washington, D.C., the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) joined members of Congress to announce the introduction of a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans. Participating in the press conference were (from left) Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista), Rey Cabacar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Jesse Baltazar, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Celestino Almeda, Mr. Postel (first name not available), and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). (Photo by Jon Melegrito)
WASHINGTON — The U.S House of Representatives voted Nov. 30 to pass S.1555, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act.
The bill will recognize Filipino veterans who fought for the U.S. during World War II with a Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The Senate passed the bill unanimously over the summer, and it will now be sent to President Obama to be signed