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WWII Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund

The President of the United States signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, authorizing the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment to eligible World War II (WWII) Philippine Veterans.  These payments are to be made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from a $198 million appropriation established for this purpose.  Applying for this benefit will not affect other existing Veterans benefits. View the Frequently Asked Questions (updated 12/01/2021)

Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Points of Interests

1) The Manila Regional Office is NO longer process any NEW applications. The time for new applications has expired. The Manila Regional Office is working on ONLY applications that are in the current APPEALS status.

2) In the 2009, The Manila Regional Office worked to process each application accurately and timely. Two months after the law was passed, VA established an adjudication process, payment system, accounting system, and payment delivery system to successfully issue the first FVEC payment on April 8, 2009. The history of the claims process is provided below:

  1. Each application was submitted to the Manila VA Regional Office via a VA Form 21-4138, and was examined for eligibility based on the criteria established in “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” HR 1, Sec. 1002, the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund.
  2. All applications received by the Manila VA Regional Office were verified and a receipt confirmation was sent back to the applicant. If any development was necessary to determine FVEC eligibility, a Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) letter notice was sent to inform the claimant of the necessary evidence needed to complete the claim. If you have questions concerning FVEC benefits or would like more information about VA benefit programs and how to apply, various options are available.
    • Contact VA at Ask VA (AVA) and submit an on-line inquiry.
    • United States residents may call VA at 1-800-827-1000.
    • Philippine residents within Metro Manila may call 632-528-2500.
    • Philippine residents outside Manila may call 1-800-1888-5252.
    • If you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the number is 1-800-829-4833 (United States residents only).
  3. Once all of the evidence and service verification is received and reviewed, a decision is made. Concurrently, a notification letter is sent to the claimant, to explain the reasons and basis used to determine the decision.

3) As of December 1, 2021, there were total 2 FVEC claims pending Remand and 2 FVEC pending BVA.

4) As of December 1, 2021, 42,755 applications were processed: 9,319 approved for $15,000 based Veterans, 9,671 approved for $9,000, and 23,772 applications disapproved.

5) To date, over $226 million has been awarded to eligible Filipino Veterans.

6) As of December 1, 2021, the Manila RO has received more than 4,570 NODs on FVEC denials.

Grant/Denial Data as of December 1, 2021
  10/01/2021 11/01/2021 12/01/2021
Original FVEC Claims Received 42,755 42,755 42,755
Claims Granted ($9,000) 9,671 9,671 9,671
Claims Granted ($15,000) 9,318 9,318 9,319
Total Grants 18,989 18,989 18,990
Claims Denied 23,766 23,766 23,765
Total Approved ($9,000) $87,039,000 $87,039,000 $87,039,000
Total Approved ($15,000) $139,256,204 $139,256,204 $139,271,204
*FVEC Appropriation Balance (FUNDS AVAILABLE for NEW CLAIMS per FSC Website) $55,933,001 $55,933,001 $55,918,001
FVEC Apeals Data
FVEC Appeals 10/01/2021 11/01/2021 12/01/2021
NODs Received 4,570 4,570 4,570
Appeals Granted 500 501 501
Appeals Denied 1,300 1,300 1,300
Total Appeals Decision 1800 1801 1801
Appeals Grant Rate 27.8% 27.8% 27.7%
Appeals Pending NOD Stage 0 0 0
Appeals Pending F9/Substative Appeal 0 0 0
Appeals Pending Remand 4 2 2
Appeals Pending Hearings 0 0 0
Appeals Pending at BVA 2 2 2
Total FVEC Appeals Pending (Sum of Columns G to K) 6 4 4
Average Days Pending Appeal at BVA 839 868 901
Number of Appeals Overturned by BVA 4 4 4
Pending FVEC Reopened
FVEC Appeals 11/01/2018 12/01/2018 01/01/2019
Number Reopened Claims Pending 1 1 1
Status pending verification of relationship of claimant as suriving spouse to Vetera pending verification with FSC regarding issuance of FVEC payment pending scanning of folder

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