Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, CAPAC Members Celebrate Filipino American Heritage Month

October 11, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), joined fellow CAPAC members in recognizing Filipino American History Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of October:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02):

“Filipino Americans have contributed so much to our country over generations. In Hawaii, dedicated Filipino workers and labor leaders fought for increased benefits and fair treatment, impacting communities and people all across the state. Filipino Americans have made enormous strides in every segment of life and in every state - from entertainment and business to government, the military, art, technology and science.   

“As we reflect every October on the contributions of Filipino Americans, we must remember and honor our Filipino veterans, whose service and sacrifices in World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam have gone unrecognized for too long. I’m proud to have introduced and passed the House legislation awarding WWII Filipino veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, and will continue to fight for the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, to expedite the visa process for children of over 200,000 Filipino World War II veterans.”

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am proud to join the Filipino American community all across our nation in celebrating Filipino American History Month.  From World War II veterans, to labor leaders, to artists, educators, health care professionals, and entrepreneurs, the Filipino American community has made vast contributions to our country.

“Later this month, we will honor Filipino and Filipino American World War II veterans by awarding them with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow. As we celebrate Filipino American History Month, I will continue to fight to ensure that these veterans and their families receive the full benefits they were promised.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI):

“Filipino Americans in Hawaii and across the nation have made countless contributions to our country. As we celebrate Filipino American History Month, I'm proud to join Filipino Americans in Hawaii to recognize the accomplishments of the Filipino community. This month, we will pay tribute to the more than 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American World War II veterans with the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal. Our Filipino World War II veterans fought and sacrificed for our freedom, and I remain committed to ensuring that they receive the recognition and benefits they have earned.”

Senator Brian Schatz (HI):

“From labor and business to science and the arts, Filipinos have helped write the history of Hawai‘i and our country, and this October, we celebrate their many contributions. This month, as Congress awards Filipino World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, we pay special tribute to the 200,000 Filipinos who fought alongside American service members. As we celebrate Filipino American History Month, we must continue our efforts to honor those brave Filipino veterans and their families by finally giving them the full benefits they deserve.”

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (GU), CAPAC Vice Chair:

“Filipino American History Month is a time for us to celebrate and recognize the contributions and rich legacy of the Filipino Americans in our country. Filipino Americans have made many contributions to our society and have played an invaluable role to our nation’s development and diversity. As Guam’s representative in Congress, I am especially proud to represent a diverse constituency made up of a large percentage of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. They have chosen to make the United States—and Guam—their home, and I am confident we are a better country and island because of it. I join all Americans in recognizing October as Filipino American History Month. I look forward to the many contributions Filipino Americans will continue to make to our nation.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01):

“This month, we remember and celebrate the many contributions Filipino-Americans have made to the successes and enriched culture of our great country. This October is especially significant as we will award Filipino veterans who bravely fought for the United States in World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal on October 25, an effort I am proud to have been a part of. As the largest ethnic group in the State of Hawaii and as the second largest Asian American population in our country, Filipino-Americans are integral members of our communities. I am honored to be this year’s sponsor of the House resolution recognizing October as Filipino American History Month, recognizing their stories in American history.”   

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“I am proud to recognize and celebrate October as Filipino American History Month. This month we mark the many contributions Filipino Americans bring to our communities. Filipinos are the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnic group in California, and I am proud to represent a district that embraces its diverse population. We also cannot forget the many Filipino American veterans who bravely served in World War II and helped safeguard our nation.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“This October, I am proud to join the East Bay and people across the country in celebrating Filipino American History Month. This month is an important time for our nation to reflect on the history and culture of the Filipino American community. Filipino Americans have served proudly in our armed forces, started countless businesses and excelled in the arts and sciences. These contributions and so many others help build and enrich our East Bay culture and values. I am especially proud that this year, Congress will honor the contributions of Filipino World War II veterans with a Congressional Gold Medal. As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and co-chair of the CAPAC Health Care Task Force, I will keep fighting in Congress for policies that uplift and empower all members of our Filipino American community.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

“It is an honor to once again recognize Filipino American History Month, a time when we pay tribute to the heritage, contributions and accomplishments of Filipino Americans. This year’s celebration is extra special as Filipino veterans who served in World War II will finally be awarded with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. These brave and heroic veterans served and sacrificed with U.S. troops, and will now receive the long-overdue recognition they deserve. I am proud to have cosponsored the legislation that made this happen, and I will continue my efforts to ensure that Filipino World War II veterans receive all the benefits they earned for their service to our country.”

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI):

“Filipinos and Filipino Americans are an integral part of the Marianas community. They have contributed immeasurably to the economic development of our islands. And our island culture, which reflects the diversity of the peoples of the Pacific, has been made richer by the contributions of the people from the Philippines.”

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03):

“I am honored to join my fellow CAPAC colleagues in celebrating Filipino American History Month. As the only Member of Congress with Filipino ancestry, I am proud to recognize a growing community that continues to enrich our nation.  Since World War II, Filipino Americans have played a vital role in the development and growth of this country and I honor their service and sacrifices. It is my hope that during the month of October, Americans of all backgrounds will educate themselves on the rich heritage of Filipino Americans as we take this time to honor their contributions.”

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41):

“Filipino Americans have been a crucial part of the American story since even before our nation’s founding. From the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who served in our Armed Forces in World War II to the often unrecognized Filipino American leaders in the farm worker movements, the Filipino American community has overcome countless challenges to contribute to California and the nation as a whole. Today, as a proud representative of one of the largest Filipino American communities in the United States, I am honored to celebrate Filipino American History Month with my constituents and colleagues.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“As we celebrate Filipino American History Month, we honor the history, culture and tremendous contributions of the thriving Filipino American community in Washington state and across our country. As successful business entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders, Filipino Americans enrich our economy, culture, and civic life. We also recognize that Filipino World War II veterans served our country bravely and deserve full honors for their heroic sacrifices. In December 2016, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed into law. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I was a strong supporter of this long over-due legislation to correct previous injustices by awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino veterans who bravely fought for the United States during World War II.”

 

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