CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS
Leaders of the House of Representatives have signaled that they intend to put the Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 to a vote. Congress will be back in session on Tuesday November 29, so we have a critical opportunity now to call on members of Congress to pass this bill. Our veterans fought valiantly in defense of the United States, only to be divested of their rights and privileges. They have waited for years to be recognized for their selfless service to this country. We now have a momentous opportunity to right a wrong.
This is our ALL HANDS ON DECK action to call on the House of Representatives to pass the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act.
We are glad that this is coming to a vote, but our mission is clear. We call on the House to pass this bill. It is a time to put our foot on the gas, not step on the brakes. Here’s how you can help:
Contact House Leadership: Use the information below to call on the House of Representatives leadership to pass the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act.
Representative Paul Ryan, Wisconsin’s 1st district, Speaker of the House
Phone: (202) 225-0600, Fax: (202) 225-2012, Toll-Free: (888) 909-RYAN (7926)
Phone: (202) 225-2915, Fax: (202) 225-2908
Phone: (202) 225-3015, Hammond LA office Phone: 985-340-2185
Phone: (202) 225-6730, Medford OR Office Phone:541-776-4646
Phone: 202-225-2006 , Spokane: 509-353-2374
Phone: (202) 225-6601, Topeka KS office: 785-234-LYNN (5966)
Phone: (202) 225-2071, Boone NC Office Phone: 828-265-0240
Phone: 202-225-3021, Muncie, IN Phone: 765-747-5566
Suggested phone script for calls:
“Hello! My name is [insert your name] and I would like to speak with the staffer working on veterans issues.”
“Hello! My name is [insert your name] and I would like [insert Congressmember’s name] to pass the Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act, this year. Over 200,000 Filipino soldiers were called into service by President Roosevelt on July 26, 1941 and served in the most grueling conditions in the World War II. Fewer than 16,000 remain and the Congressional Gold Medal will be a fitting tribute to their selfless service in war. This bill will provide them with that tribute. These veterans are in their 90s, and this bill has overwhelming support and must be passed without delay.
“Can I count on [Congressmember’s name] to support passage of this legislation this year?”
If Yes: “Thank you! We are grateful for the Congressmember’s support!”
If No: “I appreciate your response. Can you tell me if there are specific reasons or constraints that prevent your boss from supporting this legislation? We stand ready to provide any further information or resources to help make supporting this legislation easier for the Congressmember.”
If Maybe: “Please let us know what specific reasons or constraints may be preventing your boss from supporting this legislation. We would like to follow up with you to help the Congressmember support passage of this important legislation this year.”
You can also call your own Member of Congress through the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 and find out more about your Representative on the House website: www.house.gov.
Suggested language for e-mails: E-mails can be sent via the Members’ web sites on the “Contact Us” page
“We are encouraged by the overwhelming support of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, the bill that would award the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino and American veterans who served in World War II. The Senate had already passed the companion bill in July. We respectfully urge you to approve this legislation now so that our veterans, who have waited for over 70 years, will finally earn recognition for their service and sacrifice. We are calling on you to pass this bill before the current legislative session ends this year. Thank you.”