Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Eligibility Determination And National Veterans Registry
WHAT IS THE “FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II NATIONAL VETERANS REGISTRY?”
The Filipino Veterans of World War II National Veterans Registry (the “Veterans Registry”) is a database of Filipino and American veterans of World War II (the “Filipino Veterans of World War II) who qualify collectively as awardees of the United States Congressional Gold Medal (“CGM”) under the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, Public Law 114-265, 130 Stat. 1376 (114th Cong.) (the “CGM Act”).
Section 3 of the CGM Act defines eligibility of “Filipino Veterans of World War II” as follows:
a) the term “Filipino Veterans of World War II” includes any
individual who served—
1) honorably at any time during the period beginning on July 26, 1941, and ending on December 31,1946;
2) in an active-duty status under the command of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East; and
(3)(A) within the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Philippine Scouts, the Philippine Constabulary, Recognized Guerrilla units, the New Philippine Scouts, the First Filipino Infantry Regiment, the Second Filipino Infantry Battalion, or the First Reconnaissance Battalion; or
(B) commanding or serving in a unit described in paragraph
(3)(A) as a United States military officer or enlisted soldier;
Traditionally, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives formally presents a single gold medal to the CGM awardees on an agreed-upon date which, at this time, is anticipated to occur between October and November, 2017 (the “Official Presentation”). The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (“FilVetREP”)—the proponent of the CGM legislation and the recognized national point-of-contact (“POC”) for the CGM and CGM-related activities—is also planning on holding a national celebration in Washington, D.C., honoring the Filipino Veterans of World War II (the “National Celebration”) in conjunction with the Official Presentation. During the National Celebration, FilVetREP also plans to present bronze replicas of the CGM to Filipino Veterans of World War II or their next-of-kin whose eligibility under the CGM Act has been determined and confirmed by the "Registry Eligibility Committee” designated by FilVetREP.
HOW IS ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CGM AWARD DETERMINED?
As both the proponent of the CGM legislation and the CGM POC, FilVetREP has created an eligibility committee (the “Eligibility Committee”) which is tasked with the responsibility of reviewing and vetting potential CGM Awardees under the CGM Act (the “Eligibility Process”). The Eligibility Process requires the potential CGM Awardee (if the potential CGM Awardee is living) or the potential CGM Awardee’s next-of-kin (if the potential CGM Awardee is deceased) to fill out and submit to the Eligibility Committee a Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Application (the “CGM Application”). For a copy of the CGM Application and specific instructions on how to fill out the CGM Application, please refer to “Instructions for the Application” available on the FilVetREP website under the “Registry” page, “Application” tab (www.filvetrep.org/eligibility). You will need to download and print the CGM Application and submit it to the appropriate regional director.
The Eligibility Committee is composed of regional directors, each of whom is responsible for determining CGM eligibility for Filipino Veterans of World War II (or their next-of-kin) residing within their assigned regions. Currently, there are twelve (12) such regions. The regional director assigned to the region in which the CGM applicant resides examines the CGM Application and determines whether the CGM applicant is eligible as a “Filipino Veteran of World War II” under the CGM Act. Once CGM eligibility is confirmed, the name of the Filipino Veteran of World War II or his/her next-of-kin and all related information are entered into, and become part of, the National Veterans Registry. The National Veterans Registry is owned and managed by FilVetREP. FilVetREP considers the National Veterans Registry to be confidential and proprietary, only to be used in connection with the CGM and CGM-related activities.
Veterans and Next-of-Kin residing in the Philippines will register through the Philippine Veterans point of contact (POC). The POC will coordinate submission of verified applications with the FilVetREP Registry POC headquartered in the United States.
NOTE: THE FILIPINO VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II OR HIS/HER NEXT-OF-KIN (IF DECEASED) MUST SUBMIT A CGM
APPLICATION TO HIS/HER ASSIGNED REGION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A DETERMINATION OR CONFIRMATION OF HIS/HER ELIBILITY UNDER THE CGM ACT, AND TO RECEIVE A FRAMED COPY OF THE CGM ACT AND A BRONZE REPLICA OF THE CGM, WHERE POSSIBLE. THE NATIONAL VETERANS REGISTRY WILL SERVE AS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF CONFIRMED CGM AWARDEES, AND WILL BE KEPT AND MAINTANED BY FILVETREP FOR HISTORICAL AND OTHER CGM-RELATED PURPOSES.
HOW WOULD I KNOW IF MY ELIGILITY AS A CGM AWARDEE HAS BEEN DETERMINED AND CONFIRMED BY FILVETREP?
Once you submit your CGM Application, the director assigned to your region will review the information that you submitted and will determine your eligibility under the CGM Act. In the event the regional director needs more information or documentation to support your claim for eligibility, he/she will contact you and work with you to address any deficiencies in the CGM Application. Once the regional director completes his/her review, he/she will inform you orally or in writing whether your eligibility under the CGM Act has been confirmed.
HOW WILL FILVETREP PRESENT CGM REPLICAS?
As explained elsewhere on this website, FilVetREP plans to purchase bronze replicas of the CGM for distribution to as many eligible CGM Awardees as possible. Because bronze replicas of the CGM are costly and are funded by donations from the public, FilVetREP is presently unable to determine with specificity the total number of bronze replicas that it will be in a position to purchase and present to eligible CGM Awardees at the National Celebration. However, FilVetREP has determined the following order of priority for bronze replicas:
First Priority – Living Filipino, Filipino-Americans, and American Veterans of World War II who are residing in the United States.
Second Priority – Closest survivors (next-of-kin) of deceased Filipino, Filipino-Americans, and American Veterans of World War II who are residing in the United States.
Third Priority – Living Filipino Veterans of World War II and next-of-kin of deceased Filipino Veterans of World War II who are residing outside the United States (e.g., the Philippines).
WHOM SHOULD WE CONTACT IF WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
Please carefully read this document and review the information posted on our website under “Registry” (www.filvetrep.org/eligibility) to fill out your CGM Application and submit it to the appropriate regional director. If you need additional information or have any questions, please direct them to the director assigned to your region. The email addresses of the regional directors are posted on our website under the “Registry” tab.
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"Filipino Veterans of WWII CGM Eligibility Determination and The National Veterans Registry" Document
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June 14 2018.CGM Application and Eligibility Policy Update