Filipino veterans join call for VA secretary resignation

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 26, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Filipino World War II veterans and their advocates from the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign amid allegations that some VA hospitals maintained secret waiting lists to hide the number of patients who were not able to see a doctor within a 14-day period.

“Shinseki’s incompetence and criminal neglect is symptomatic of the VA’s corrupt practices and neglect of all veterans. Instead of fulfilling his promise to get rid of 600,000 backlogs, now it is in the open that the VA delays treatment of veterans causing deaths and suffering to many,” JFAV said in statement.

Ago Pedalizo, coordinator for JFAV claimed that inefficiencies within the VA are nothing new, and have in fact caused many Filipino veterans years of suffering.

JFAV said: “The VA’s criminal neglect and dismissal of the plight of 41,000 living Filipino veterans and even the denial of 25,000 lump sum claims and the 60,000 Filipino widows are violations of their rights as American veterans and survivors.”

89-year old Aquilino Delen, one of the veterans who has yet to receive his lump sum claim sent President Barack Obama this message: “Stop the injustices, Mr. President. We served and we need to be taken care of.”

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  • dra
    26 May 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    2008-Obama campaign promises to reform VA, On 2009 – “Obama-Biden plan” was implemented, to make the VA a leader of national health care reform., 2010- exploding budget, over spending and more death at the VA hospitals, due to neglect. Fellow Veterans we believed on the doctrine of “Command Responsibility”? The Commander in Chief lied again as it he was not informed he should accept responsibility instead blame someone. VA management is under the control of WH “Obama-Biden plan”…Read source;” Drudgereportarchives.com” 5/23/14…

  • dra
    26 May 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    2008-Obama campaign promises to reform VA, On 2009 – “Obama-Biden plan” was implemented, to make the VA a leader of national health care reform., 2010- exploding budget, over spending and more death at the VA hospitals, due to neglect. Fellow Veterans we believed on the doctrine of “Command Responsibility”? The Commander in Chief lied again,as it he was not informed, he should accept responsibility instead blame someone. VA management is under the control of WH “Obama-Biden plan”…Read source;” Drudgereportarchives.com” 5/23/14…

  • JRB
    26 May 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    @dra you are right on your comment. Obama and Biden is Responsible? Filipino veterans of world war11, shouldn’t open they mouth until you all find the truth on what really happen? When you say Shinseki’s incompetence and criminal neglect is all wrong, your picking on the wrong person it’s Obama that said about the campaign promises to reform VA, On 2008 “Obama-Biden plan” to make the VA a leader of national healthcare reform.

  • Kikay Pang0
    27 May 2014 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Many of this self proclaimed Filipino Death March participants worked for Emperor Hirohito’s brigade as war collaborators during WW ll . Lots of them have migrated in America and successfully scammed the US dept.of Vet. Affairs by filling false documents to collect war veteran benefits.

  • Delia
    27 May 2014 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Barack Obama should be in Gitmo , with chain or straight jacket , he is guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to secure our borders; guilty of malpractice for failing to provide proper care for our veterans and active military personnel; and guilty of treason for putting the well-being of illegal aliens ahead of our veterans and military personnel.

  • Sal
    27 May 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Wait a minute, most of Fil-Am voters was very supportive and die hard Obama’s supporter since day one. During 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign; endless articles and narratives from all Filipino publication in USA claimed that he’s the anointed one. Yan any napalm ninyo…dummies!

    • Victor
      27 May 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      You get what you vote for.Even BALITANG AMERICA was rooting for Obama all the time.Most Fil-Am voters do not know how to kumilatis ng kandidato dahil sila ay DEMOCRATS leaning party.They think their idol ay saksakan ng galing dahil magaling magtalumpati pero wala naman maybuga.Sa ating mga beterano sorry na lang at kung malasin ay ganyan lamang ang buhay.Hindi nga kayo nadale sa giyera pero’ killed by friendly fire naman” dito sa America.Good luck!!

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