JFAVJustice for Filipino American Veterans (equal rights advocate; est. 1998)
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This is a blot on America's conscience, when those who fought and won its wars cannot be compensated and are continually denied their dignity and honor," said JFAV national coordinator Arturo Garcia, who described the march as the biggest protest action staged by JFAV in Los Angeles.
In the next three years, the last veterans of WWII (could) perish without seeing the light of recognition," said 96-year-old Felino Punsalan in a letter sent by the JFAV to President Obama, asking him to issue an executive order to give full recognition to Filipino veterans.
Last month, Filipino veterans held a similar rally in front of the federal courthouse in San Francisco with JFAV legal counsel Arnedo Valera filing a lawsuit claiming discrimination against Filipino veterans.