STAND. COM. REP. NO.3449

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.C.R. No. 34

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 34 entitled:

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE RESCISSION ACT OF 1946 AND THE SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL SURPLUS APPROPRIATION RESCISSION ACT (1946), AND TO RESTORE FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS' TO FULL UNITED STATES VETERANS' STATUS AND BENEFITS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to request Congress and the President of the United States to support legislation to repeal the Rescission Act of 1946 and the Second Supplemental Surplus Appropriation Rescission Act (1946), and to restore Filipino World War II veterans to full United States veterans' status and benefits.

Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by five proud veterans and a concerned citizen.

Your Committee finds that the brave men and women who have fought for the United States and the causes of freedom and democracy deserve our utmost honor and respect. Unfortunately, your Committee finds that some World War II veterans of Filipino descent have been denied full veterans benefits under the Rescission Act of 1946 and its supplemental legislation.

Your Committee finds that as the veterans of World War II grow older, time is running out to take the proper action to provide the benefits that were promised by the United States and earned by those Filipino troops who fought as members of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East under General Douglas MacArthur.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 34, and recommends its adoption.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations,

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CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair