Filipinos Hail Late Sen. Stevens as a Friend of WWll Vets

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CHICAGO – The Filipino community in the United States is mourning the death of former Alaska Senator Theodore Stevens, who had been supportive of the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill.

Greg Macabenta, chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, said the Filipino community is deeply saddened by the death of the 86-year-old Stevens, who died in a plane crash on Monday.

Macabenta said Filipinos remember Stevens “as one of the strongest advocates for Filipino World War II veterans equity."

“During Senate debates in 2008, after the Veterans Benefits Enhancement Act was introduced, Sen. Stevens kept the faith with his comrades and staunchly defended the bill that would have provided special pensions to Filipino veterans," he added.

During the debates, Stevens fought against critics of the bill, arguing that the proposed measure was a way to keep the promises that the U.S. government made to Filipino war veterans.