STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1724
RE: H.C.R. No. 253
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2011
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on International Affairs, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 253 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO EXPEDITE PAYMENT OF WAR BENEFITS TO FILIPINO VETERANS WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II BUT WERE SUBSEQUENTLY DENIED THEIR ENTITLED BENEFITS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this concurrent resolution is to assist Filipino veterans of World War II by urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to expedite the processing and distribution of all claims for payment to Filipino veterans under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Several concerned individuals supported this measure. The Office of Veterans Services supported the intent of this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Including additional language to recognize Filipino veterans who reside in Hawaii and fought in World War II;
(2) Requesting the Office of Veterans Services to report to the Legislature on the progress made with respect to the requests in this measure;
(3) Including additional recipients to receive certified copies of the measure; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on International Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 253, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 253, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on International Affairs,
KAREN L. AWANA, Chair