Remember Those Gone and Those Still Alive
The Filipino Veterans Equity Act has been voted out of committee in the House of Representatives (HR 760) and the Senate (S 1315) and is now awaiting floor votes. The release of this video spot coincides with the efforts of the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE) to spread awareness in this final push to pass the bill. The public service announcement "Full Equity Now" features FAUSTINO “Peping” BACLIG, who is one of many World War II veterans fighting for equity. The video can be seen at: http://www.kidheroes.net/fullequitynow/.
“We’re so close, we can taste it. We hope this public service announcement can reach out and mobilize our community. We need all the help we can get to make history by passing this important legislation on behalf of the brave soldiers who came before us as part of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who fought in WW II,” says Ben de Guzman, NAFVE National Campaign Coordinator.
“Full Equite Now” was produced by filmmaker Patricio Ginelsa's production company Kid Heroes Productions with assistance from donations and sales made in July 2007 through their online store. Ginelsa and the entire crew donated their time and efforts to make sure this public service announcement happened. “It’s one thing to know about an issue you feel very strongly about. I wanted to somehow push people to actively do something about it, especially now in this crucial stage.” says Ginelsa.
The National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity represents over 20 local, national and international organizations committed to securing full equity for Filipino World War II Veterans. More information about NAFVE and the Filipino Veterans Equity Act is available on the NAFVE Web site: http://www.nafve.org.
Remembering: Arcadio M. - Retired US Army, Korea, Bataan Death March Survivor, Filipine Scout; George M. - Retired US Air Force, WWII, Korea, Vietnam; Cristino M. - Retired US Air Force, WWII, Korea; members of the USAFFE who have never been recognized as US Vets.
Honoring: Romeo M. - Retired US Air Force and US Navy, Desert Storm; Frank M. - US Air Force, Desert Storm, Iraq Conflict; Jeff M. - US Navy, currently serving; Mark M. - US Air Force; Rod M. - US Air Force; all my cousins who serve.