About the Filipino WWII Congressional Gold Medal
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award bestowed by the United States Congress to express national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.
On December 14, 2016, former President Barack Obama signed into law the bill “to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to Filipino veterans of World War II, in recognition of the dedicated service of the veterans during World War II”.
The gold medal will be given to the Smithsonian Institution and made available for display and research. Filipino WWII veterans will receive duplicates of the gold medal in bronze, and a direct family member will receive the medal on behalf of a deceased veteran.
Definition of “Filipino Veterans of World War II”
Individuals who served:
(1) honorably at any time during the period beginning on July 26, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946;
(2) in an active-duty status under the command of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East; and
(3) (A) within the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Philippine Scouts, the Philippine Constabulary, Recognized Guerrilla units, the New Philippine Scouts, the First Filipino Infantry Regiment, the Second Filipino Infantry Battalion (Separate), or the First Reconnaissance Battalion; or
(B) commanding or serving in a unit described in paragraph (3)(A) as a United States military officer or enlisted soldier; and
(b) the term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Treasury.
The Veterans Equity Center is hosting drop-in services every second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission Street, SF, CA 94103). Bring a copy of the veteran’s military service record.
Filipino World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Application:
To learn more about the Congressional Gold Medal, visit filvetrep.org.