A group of Filipino World War II war veterans have sued the Department of Veteran Affairs for allegedly blocking their receipt of wartime compensation and benefits.
After a 1946 law stripped some 200,000 to 470,000 Filipino veterans of their benefits, Congress last year enacted the Filipino Veterans Equality Compensation Act to pay out lump sums to surviving veterans or their spouses.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges that the VA has made applying for the lump payments a process "worse than a cruel joke." Out of more than 35,000 claims, only two thirds of that have been approved or denied. The remaining third are "pending."