STAND. COM. REP. NO.3079
RE: S.C.R. No. 45
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 45 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO TAKE ACTION NECESSARY TO HONOR OUR COUNTRY'S MORAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE FULL VETERANS BENEFITS TO FILIPINO VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the United States federal government to provide full veterans' benefits to Filipino veterans of the United States armed forces.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Office of Veterans' Services.
Your Committee finds that those brave men and women who fought for America and the ideals of freedom and democracy deserve our utmost honor and respect. Without their fearless efforts, United States citizens would not enjoy many of the freedoms and liberties that are taken for granted today.
Your Committee further finds that among our military heroes are many veterans of Filipino descent. Many of these veterans have not received the full benefits packages awarded to other American veterans.
Your Committee supports this measure and believes that the United States has a moral obligation to support every man and woman who fought for our country.
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 S.C.R. No. 45 and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations,
CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair