Fellow Veterans, Families, Sponsors, and Friends:
Welcome to our website. The Filipino-American Veterans and Families of America - Nevada (FAVFA-NV) is a non-partisan, state non-profit, veteran advocacy group formed to promote and represent the best interests, concerns, and voices of Filipino American veterans and all veterans of all wars and their families residing within the state of Nevada.
The Filipino-American Veterans and Familes of America - Nevada (FAVFA-NV) was officially founded on April 10, 2010 after a year of experience working with our WWII Fil-Am veterans in helping them claim for their due compensation upon the passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill in 2009.
Our main projects include supporting the two bills that were recently introduced in Congress, namely, HR 6464 which was introduced by Congressman Dr. Joe Heck, on September 24, 2012, and Senate Bill 3530, "Filipino Veterans Fairness Act," introduced by Senator Dean Heller on September 12, 2012. The S.3530 will force the DOD to come up with a process to review all claims and documentation from WW Filipino and Filipino-American veterans. HR 6464 will specifically direct the VA to accept Philippine Government and other authenticated US and PH sources of documents from WWII Filipino and Fil-Am veterans. This bill also would allow veterans who missed the filing deadline in 2010 to apply. These two bills were introduced after the H.R. 210 - The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2011, was abandoned because it could not get referred to a veterans affairs review committee, despite having 96 co-sponsors of the bill. We will now start contacting and continue to communicate with senators and congress representatives nationwide to support the above bills to benefit our Filipino-American veterans and citizens.
We also helped our late Cmdr Francisco Cedula, WWII Millitary Advisor and lone survivor of the Battle of Piis, at Km 134, Lucban, Quezon to complete the memorial shrine on May 2, 2011 for the over 100 Americans and Filipinos who died during that battle on December 21, 1946. These heroes gave their lives in slowing down the invasion of the Japanese Forces and allowing General Douglas MacArthur's small USAFFE units to regroup in Bataan.
The Fil-Am Veterans and Families of America - Nevada (FAVFA-NV) has initiated a plea to President Obama in issuing an Executive Order to direct the VA or NPRC to accept other authenticated US and Philippine war record documents to recognize and compensate the remaining 24,000 denied WWII Filipino and Fil-Am veterans. Luke Perry, our Press Secretary, has been instrumental in keeping this initiave going. As of now, the VA is solely using the NPRC Missouri roster or list to approve or deny claims from our WWII veterans. The roster has been closed for any update since 1947. It has since suffered from a fire damage and list reconstruction. Consequently, thousands of authenticated documents that came after 1947 were excluded. We fear that the over 24,000 denied claimants will "fade" away within five to ten years. This is why time is of the essence for our President (Commander-in-Chief) to act on this Executive Order this 2012.
We want to thank Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas, NV for proclaiming February 3, 2012, as the "WWII Filipino Veterans Fairness Day" in support of HR 210.
We are currently working with the office of Congressman Joe Heck to help 5 of our 6 remaining WWII Filipino-American veterans (out of the over 24,000 total) who have been denied their $15000 compensation because their names are not in the NPRC Missouri files. They are now dubbed as the "Mighty Five" denied WWII veterans from Nevada.
The FAVFA-NV is very active in the Fil-Am and Asian community of Las Vegas as a volunteer for various community events such as wellness and flu shot clinics, voter registration, cultural presentations, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and veteran stand-downs for our homeless veterans.
The officers and members encourage you to join our organization and become part of our veterans' voice and community service. You may use the contact tab on the top of website to for any questions about our projects and initiatives.
For God and Country and in serving those who have served.
Ray Castillo, President
WWII USAFFE Veteran & Member of Nevada's unrecognized "Mighty Five" WWII Filipino American veterans