The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of six new members to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans on Jan. 31.
Agent Orange studies overlook pain of Vietnamese Americans
By Ngoc Nguyen New America Media A few years ago, my father, a former naval officer in the South Vietnamese Army, developed liver cancer. The diagnosis followed decades of struggle with hepatitis C, a viral infection he contracted through a blood transfusion during the war. A liver transplant saved his life.
Filipino WWII veterans sue feds over benefits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawsuit claims the federal government is discriminating against Filipino World War II veterans by giving them benefits far below what U.S. veterans receive.
Bill would give burial rights to Hmong veterans
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Members of the country’s Hmong community who fought with U.S. forces during the Vietnam War would be eligible for burial in national cemeteries
Filipino WWII vets sue over benefit eligibility
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three Filipino veterans of World War II are suing the U.S. government for allegedly making it too hard to prove that they are eligible for long-denied benefits.
Jan. 16: Secretary Shinseki receives JAVA award
General Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, received the Courage, Honor, and Patriotism Award from the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) in recognition of his 44 years of distinguished leadership in the United States Army and in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Filipino WWII vets still waiting for payments
WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — Gaudencio Sotio injured his left leg fighting to expel the Japanese military from the Philippines during World War II. Though Filipino, he was fighting under the command of the United States, which had colonized his homeland in the early 1900s.
Sept. 1: Edward Chow, Jr. to head department in Maryland
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown appointed Edward Chow, Jr. to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NWAW Editorial: Yay, Locke!
In the beginning, we were worried. We felt that we had so much talent in Washington state but the pool was being overlooked by President Obama for his cabinet. However, we now have three nominations for cabinet: King County Executive Ron Sims, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, and the clincher — former Gov. Gary Locke.
NWAW editorial: It’s been a good week for Asian Americans
First, Gen. Shinseki was nominated by President-elect Obama to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary. Steven Chu was also nominated as Energy secretary. Then we learned that Anh “Joseph” Cao made history in Louisiana by becoming the first Vietnamese American to serve in Congress. To finish off the week, Yahoo top dog Qi Lu was hired by Microsoft to run its online services business, a prestigious position …