Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, which would honor over 260,000 Filipino veterans with the highest civilian honor for their service in World War II. The bill, which both chambers of Congress have now passed, awaits President Obama’s signature. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) applauds the congressional vote and celebrates this historic victory to recognize the contributions of the Filipino and Filipino American community.
Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President, stated: “Our community has been waiting for over seventy years to be recognized for their service. This is a tremendous win to distinguish our community’s bravery and service in history. We are extremely thankful for the leadership of authors Senator Hirono and Representative Gabbard to see this important piece of legislation to fruition.”
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