JON MELEGRITO AARP AAPI HERO
AWARD WINNER AND FUNDRAISER
JON MELEGRITO, FilVetRep, AARP AAPI Hero Award Winner
We’re excited to announce Jon Melegrito as the 2018 AARP AAPI Hero Award winner.
Jon Melegrito is the son of a Filipino World War II Veteran. From civil rights to the anti-apartheid movement, he has spent a lifetime building movements for equity and justice. Now, he advocates for Filipino World War II Veterans as a volunteer for non-profit organization, The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetRep). He is working with fellow advocates to feature the stories of Filipino World War II Veterans and their Congressional Gold Medal at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
AAPI Hero Awards is a nationwide contest that celebrates unsung everyday heroes: volunteers and staff members who work tirelessly behind the scenes of nonprofit organizations and who serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that are age 50-plus. Learn more: www.aarp.org/aapi
“The AAPI Hero Award is a testament to the tireless efforts of veterans advocates who
are determined to honor the inspiring service and sacrifice of Filipino World War II veterans by telling their story and keeping their memory alive. The work that I do allows me to help build a movement for justice and ensure that the voiceless and vulnerable among us are treated with dignity and respect.”
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Message and Call To Action From Jon Melegrito:
My name is Jon Melegrito, Executive Secretary for the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project. I am the son of a Filipino World War II Veteran. From civil rights to the anti-apartheid movement, I have spent a lifetime building movements for equity and justice. Now, with my fellow advocates, we are working on Phase II of our mission, which is to enshrine the Congressional Gold Medal at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and develop an online educational curriculum that is accessible world-wide.
PHASE TWO Entails:
Launching A Digital Museum to make this American Story Accessible to the World.
Creating A Learning Curriculum about the contributions of Filipino World War II Veterans.
Featuring the Congressional Gold Medal and World War II Veterans Story in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
As the 2018, winner of the AAPI Hero Award by AARP, I would like to continue raising awareness about the service and sacrifice of Filipino World War II Veterans and ensure that future generations learn about this American story and preserve it for posterity.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What are you doing with your prize money from the AARP AAPI Hero Awards? I’m donating the cash prize of $1000 to Filipino Veterans Recognition & Education Project.
Where will the Congressional Gold Medal be featured? We are working with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to create a physical exhibit where we can educate the public about the contributions of Filipino World War II Veterans.
Why do you want to have a digital museum as part of Phase 2? Through the use of ground breaking technologies, we want to ensure that the stories of Filipino World War II Veterans are accessible to the world.
Why are you creating a learning curriculum as part of Phase 2? It is important that we create an educational experience for the next generation. Imagine classrooms where the contributions, sacrifice and valor of Filipino World War II Veterans are taught and honored.
Will our donation be tax deductible? Yes, Filipino Veterans Recognition & Education Project is a 501(c)3. All donations are tax-deductible.
Jon Melegrito, FilVetREP Exec. Secretary