Dear (name of your US Senator):
Please join the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in support of awarding the Filipino Veterans of World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal. I respectfully request you cosponsor the bipartisan bill, S. 1555, introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).
The men and women of the Philippines and United States performed an invaluable service in defense of both countries from July 26, 1941 to December 31, 1946.
They served in the United States Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) with distinction, fighting alongside American soldiers to help defeat the Imperial Japanese Military Forces and liberate the Philippines, a sovereign territory held by the United States.
The loyal and valiant Filipino Veterans of World War II fought, suffered, and, in many instances, died in the same manner and under the same commander as other members of the United States Armed Forces during World War II.
For over 70 years, Filipino Veterans have sought recognition for their courage and selfless sacrifice. Of the 260,000 who fought, thousands died in combat and in the infamous Bataan Death March. Today, less than 18,000 remain. Despite having their veteransbenefits rescinded by Congress in 1946, they haven’t wavered in their loyalty to America. U.S. recognition of their service and sacrifice is long overdue. Our nation owes these individuals our deepest and sincere gratitude.
As a proud citizen and a registered voter of your district and state, I urge you to sign on as co-sponsor of this legislation and once and for all give these Filipino World War II veterans the honor they deserve.
Thank you and I look forward to your response.