FVR spends Memorial Day with WWII veterans

Former President Ramos (third from left) answers veterans questions about their pension plans. With him at the table are Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque of the Filipino Veterans Foundation

Former President Ramos (third from left) answers veterans questions about their pension plans. With him at the table are Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque of the Filipino Veterans Foundation

Former President Fidel V. Ramos met with Filipino American World War II veterans at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles on Memorial Day on May 26.

Ramos is chairman of the Honorary Advisory Board of the Filipino Veterans Foundation in Los Angeles.

The event started with a program where he delivered his keynote address. This was followed by a Q&A with the veterans and a photo session. Refreshments were served.

The veterans raised their difficulties in claiming their pension benefits from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) due to the process of confirming yearly that they are alive. They also voiced their concerns over denied lump sums in the U.S. and problems with Philippine pensions.

Ramos decried inefficiency in serving veterans. He strongly urged veterans and their advocates to continue lobbying to include Medical Portability Act that would allow U.S. medical recipients to use their government-subsidized health benefits in the Philippines.

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