NAFFAA-MI EVENT. Bert Reginaldo, auditor of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Michigan (NaFFAA-MI), gives on update on the effort to give congressional gold medals to World War II Filipino veterans during NaFFAA MI’s celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month last Oct. 22 at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan in Southfield.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan — As part of an initiative to help Filipino World War II (WWII) veterans, the National Federation of Filipino American Association-Michigan (NaFFAA Michigan) is appealing for donations from kind hearts of at least $1 per member of donor families.

NaFFAA-Michigan Chairperson Fe San Agustin aired the appeal for donations that will benefit WWII Filipino veterans. The fund raiser is being done in connection with NaFFAA-Michigan’s FilVetREG Project.

In the wake of the observance of Filipino-American Heritage Month (October), NaFFAA-Michigan announced that it is expanding the celebration to honor WWII Filipino veterans, particularly those living in Michigan.

This extended celebration is in pursuance of the plan to give Congressional Gold Medal Awards to WWII Filipino Veterans.

Bert Reginaldo, chairman of NaFFAA-MI’s FilVetREG Project, reported that the plan to give congressional medals to the veterans is now very close to reality.

Reginaldo said, “Our goal is to give this highest honor to WWII Filipino veterans who are still living. Both the US Senate and US House of Representatives have already gone above and beyond the required numbers of sponsors and co-sponsors of the Senate Bill S1555 and H.R.2737.

“The last step is the approval by the eight top leaders of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.”

Reginaldo also said that the board of directors of the FilVetREG Project is aggressively pursuing efforts to have the eight congressional leaders approved the bills until Dec. 20, 2016 before the lawmakers recess for the holidays.

NaFFAA-Michigan expressed its gratitude to all those who support the project by sending petitions to have the US senators and US congressmen/women of Michigan sponsor and co-sponsors of the two bills.

Reginaldo said that NaFFAA-Michigan is fully committed to continue supporting the FilVetREG Project and help meet the educational needs of the children and grandchildren of the veterans.