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Center for Minority Veterans (CMV)

 

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.

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Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Points of Interests

1)  The Manila Regional Office is doing its best 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 claims process is provided below:

  a.  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.

  b.  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 on the Internet at http://iris.va.gov 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).

  c.  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.

2)  As of January 1, 2019, there were 2 (reopened) FVEC claims pending.

3)  As of January 1, 2019, 42,755 applications were processed:  9,313 approved for $15,000 based Veterans, 9,670 approved for $9,000, and 23,772 applications disapproved.

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

5)  As of January 1, 2019, the Manila RO has received more than 4,570 NODs on FVEC denials.

Grant/Denial Data as of January 1, 2019
 11/01/201812/01/201801/01/2019
Original FVEC Claims Received 42,755 42,755 42,755
Claims Granted ($9,000) 9,672 9,672 9,670
Claims Granted ($15,000) 9,313 9,313 9,313
Total Grants 18,985 18,985 18,983
Claims Denied 23,770 23,770 23,772
Total Approved ($9,000) $87,039,687 $87,039,687 $87,021,687
Total Approved ($15,000) $139,213,517 $139,213,517 $139,213,517
*FVEC Appropriation Balance (FUNDS AVAILABLE for NEW CLAIMS per FSC Website) $55,951,001 $55,966,001 $55,975,001
FVEC Apeals Data
FVEC Appeals11/01/201812/01/201801/01/2019
NODs Received 4,570 4,570 4,570
Appeals Granted 499 499 499
Appeals Denied 1,299 1,299 1,300
Total Appeals Decision 1798 1798 1799
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 0 0 1
Appeals Pending Hearings 0 0 0
Appeals Pending at BVA 3 2 1
Total FVEC Appeals Pending (Sum of Columns G to K) 3 3 2
Average Days Pending Appeal at BVA 157 157 157
Number of Appeals Overturned by BVA 4 4 4
Pending FVEC Reopened
FVEC Appeals11/01/201812/01/201801/01/2019
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

Action Plan as of January 1, 2019

Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)
Cases Pending Appeal:  1
Status:  Pending decision by BVA
Action Taken:  Email sent to BVA on 8/25/17 and 9/1/17 requesting to activate appeals certified to BVA; 1 remand -recertified 1/2/18; follow-up email sent to BVA on 1/30/18; reply recd on 2/7/18 stating that intake actions are pending; ffup sent 3/1/18-response received on 3/6/18-docket date is July 2016 and BVA is still working on November 2014 and earlier dockets; 2 remands recertified to BVA 4-2-18; 1 remand recertified 7-2-18; email sent to BVA 7/2/18 and 10/1/18 to request for expeditious processing; cases are now on Active status pending decision by BVA
Manila Regional Office
Cases Pending Appeal:  1
Status:  Pending response from NPRC
Action Taken:  New remand, pending request to NPRC for service verification

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