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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

H.R. 760 Passes the House Committee

WE DID IT!!! WE ALL UNITED BEHIND H.R. 760 AND IT PASSED THE HOUSE COMMITTEE!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FILIPINO AMERICANS FOR THIS HISTORIC EVENT!! MABUHAY ANG MGA BETERANO!    
 
The House Veterans Affairs Committee. chaired by Rep. Bob Filner, passed H.R. 760, the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2007 by a vote of 15 to 12, mostly along party lines.  News emanating from the House of Representatives' Veterans Affairs Committee stated that calls kept coming in, up to the last minute before the vote!
I had no doubt that Filipino Americans from all over the country will come together and join this campaign to win equity for our veterans! Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!!!
We thank Congressman Filner and all the members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee who voted to pass H.R. 760 on to the House floor. 
The next step is for a full vote in the Senate on S. 1315 and for a full vote in the House on H.R. 760.
Some of the more important differences between the pension benefits for the surviving Filipino WWII veterans that Senator Akaka's Senate Vetarans Affairs Committee passed last month as part of S. 1315, and the House version passed by Congressman Filner's House Veterans Affairs Committee as H.R. 760 yesterday are:
                                      House (H.R. 760)    Senate (in S.1315)
Married veteran             - $8,400/year      -$4,500/year                  
Single veteran               - $6,000/year      - $3,600/year
Low-income Widow 
of veteran  - $3,600/year  - $2,400/year
Dependency Indemnification
Compensation (DIC)       - included           - not included

After the respective bills are approved in the House and Senate, there will be a conference committee to reconcile the two versions. the reconciled (merged) version will then go to the President for his approval.

So on to the next step. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO REMIND ALL U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE FOR THE RESPECTIVE BILLS - HR 760 and S. 1315.

Alma Quintans Kern, National Chair, NaFFAA

Released by Armando 'Doy' Heredia, National Executive Director, NaFFAA