Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) should also remember the soldiers and sailors who are currently serving and the Veterans who have served our country. This history of serving dates back almost two hundred years to the last battle of the War of 1812, where Filipino sailors, or “Manilamen”, under Jean Baptiste Lafitte came to aid of General Andrew Jackson to defend New Orleans from British invasion in 1815. During this time, we have thirty-one soldiers and sailors awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs and improve health care quality and care coordination. What are some things you should know? How does it impact your VA Benefits?
The President of the United States signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, authorizing the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment to eligible World War II (WWII) Philippine Veterans. These payments are to be made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from a $198 million appropriation established for this purpose. Applying for this benefit will not affect other existing Veterans benefits.
1) The Manila Regional Office is doing its best to process each application accurately and timely. Two months after the law was passed, VA established an adjudication process, payment system, accounting system, and payment delivery system to successfully issue the first FVEC payment on April 8, 2009. The claims process is provided below:
a. Each application was submitted to the Manila VA Regional Office via a VA Form 21-4138, and was examined for eligibility based on the criteria established in “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” HR 1, Sec. 1002, the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund.
b. All applications received by the Manila VA Regional Office were verified and a receipt confirmation was sent back to the applicant. If any development was necessary to determine FVEC eligibility, a Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) letter notice was sent to inform the claimant of the necessary evidence needed to complete the claim. If you have questions concerning FVEC benefits, or would like more information about VA benefit programs and how to apply, various options are available.
c. Once all of the evidence and service verification is received and reviewed, a decision is made. Concurrently, a notification letter is sent to the claimant, to explain the reasons and basis used to determine the decision.
2) As of October 1, 2013, there were 53 (reopened) FVEC claims pending.
3) As of October 1 2013, 45,991 applications were processed: 9,282 approved for $15,000 based Veterans, 9,579 approved for $9,000, and 24,855 applications disapproved.
4) To date, over $224 million has been awarded to eligible Filipino Veterans.
5) As of October 1, 2013, the Manila RO has received more than 4,538 NODs on FVEC denials.
|Total FVEC Mail Received||45,991||45,991||45,991|
|Claims Granted ($9,000)||9,565||9,579||9,581|
|Claims Granted ($15,000)||9,276||9,282||9,283|
|*No. of Estimated Grants||18,000||18,000||18,000|
|Total Claims Pending||65||55||53|
|Claims Awaiting Initial Decision - US-based Vets||0||0||0|
|Claims Awaiting Initial Decision - RP-based Vets||0||0||0|
|Average Days Pending Appeal @ BVA||146||145||150|
|No. of Appeals Overturned by BVA||0||1||1|
|Total Payout ($9,000)||$86,076,687||$86,202,687||$86,220,687|
|Total Payout ($15,000)||$138,649,517||$138,739,517||$138,754,517|
|Appeal Grant Rate||10.30%||10.33%||10.33%|