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Duplicate and Fraudulent Filings Delay Payments to Filipino WWII Vets

Philippine News, Posted: Oct 20, 2009

WASHINGTON D.C. About 18,000 veterans are projected to be filing pension claims under the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund, but a Web site shows nearly double that number or 32,795 applications have been received by the Manila Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as of Oct. 1, 2009, reports the Philippines News.

This could indicate, according to analysts, that there may be spurious or incomplete claims being filed, or that some veterans may be submitting duplicate claims. And these could be slowing down the application process.

Of 32,795 claims received, a total of 7,985 have been granted, meaning 4,149 Philippine-based veterans and 3,836 U.S.-based veterans have received their lump sum pension or about 25 percent. A total of $95 million has been paid in lump sum pensions, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Minority Veterans Web site. The departments Web site is providing updates on the status of the Filipino veterans claims.



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