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Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI)

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.

Affordable Care Act

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?

WWII Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund

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.

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Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Points of Interests

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.

  • Contact VA on the Internet at http://iris.va.gov and submit an on-line inquiry.
  • United States residents may call VA at 1-800-827-1000.
  • Philippine residents within Metro Manila may call 632-528-2500.
  • Philippine residents outside Manila may call 1-800-1888-5252.
  • If you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the number is 1-800-829-4833 (United States residents only).

  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 April 1, 2014, there were 34 (reopened) FVEC claims pending.

3)  As of April 1, 2014, 45,991 applications were processed:  9,287 approved for $15,000 based Veterans, 9,605 approved for $9,000, and 24,955 applications disapproved.

4)  To date, over $224 million has been awarded to eligible Filipino Veterans.

5)  As of April 1, 2014, the Manila RO has received more than 4,549 NODs on FVEC denials.

As of April 1, 2014
  02/01/2014 03/01/2014 04/01/2014
Total FVEC Mail Received 45,991 45,991 45,991
Claims Granted ($9,000) 9,598 9,602 9,605
Claims Granted ($15,000) 9,286 9,287 9,287
Total Grants 18,884 18,889 18,892
*No. of Estimated Grants 18,000 18,000 18,000
Claims Denied 24,928 24,938 24,955
Total Claims Pending 33 34 35
Claims Awaiting Initial Decision - US-based Vets 0 0 0
Claims Awaiting Initial Decision - RP-based Vets 0 0 0
Appeals Received 4,548 4,549 4,549
Appeals Pending 35 36 33
Average Days Pending Appeal @ BVA 150 149 151
No. of Appeals Overturned by BVA 0 0 0
Total Payout ($9,000) $86,373,687 $86,409,687 $86,436,687
Total Payout ($15,000) $138,799,517 $138,814,517 $138,814,517
FVEC Apeals Data
FVEC Appeals 02/01/2014 03/01/2014 04/01/2014
NODs Received 4,548 4,549 4,549
Appeals Granted 469 469 469
Appeals Denied 1,191 1,194 1,172
Appeals Pending 35 36 33
Appeal Grant Rate 10.31% 10.31% 10.31%

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