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Veteran's Day: The Recision Act Of 1946

Let's talk about the unsung heroes of WWII...

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HEY!!! STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING!!!

Ever heard of the 1946 Recision Act? NO?! What are they teaching in schools these days?

THE PHILIPPINES...

Via cnn.com

Was a commonwealth of the United States during the World War ii, meaning that Filipinos were American nationals. Over 200,000 Filipinos fought in the name of the U.S., and all were promised full veteran benefits for doing so.

What did it say?

Via law.cornell.edu

The Recision Act basically made the service of the Filipinos null and void. This also meant they could not have access to full veteran benefits after the war. Out of the 66 nations that the U.S. allied itself with, this law only applied to the Philippines.

To put it in perspective...

That's like going through all 4 or 5 or 6 (and yes, even 7) years of college only to have the university screw something up and have them tell you that you didn't even earn your degree

Flash forward to 2009

Via gpo.gov

President Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act aka the Stimulus Package, which gave a lump sum of $15,000 to each surviving veterano in the U.S. But out of the 4,000 cases sumbitted, a little over 400 were approved #thanksObama

BUT GUESS WHAT?!

It has been 69 years since the Recision Act was passed, but the veteranos have yet to be officially recognized for their service.

Enter JFAV

instagram.com / Via Facebook: jfavla

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans is a nationwide alliance of Filipino WWII veterans organizations, students, and community advocates. The movement has been spreading awareness of this issue to the newer generations of Filipino Americans. Every Veteran's Day, JFAV holds a rally in Los Angeles where students and veterans alike gather to make their voices heard on behalf of the veteranos, who are slowly dying out form existence.

And you thought Veteran's Day was all smiles and BBQ's

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