Bonta Statement on Passage of Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act

Thursday, December 1, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on the U.S. Congress passing the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act:

“Today, I feel a deep sense of gratitude as an American and a Filipino American. With unanimous approval, Congress has voted to finally recognize the contributions of Filipino and Filipino American soldiers who bravely fought under the U.S. flag during World War II.

These heroic soldiers answered the call of President Roosevelt and played a key role in the 20th century’s most epic fight against tyranny. For far too long, these Filipino veterans were forgotten. 

As the first Filipino American to serve in the California State Legislature, I authored a resolution that urged Congress to take this important action.  I’m proud of the work our community has done to keep this effort moving forward.  I urge President Obama to sign the Act and bestow upon these brave and devoted soldiers our nation’s highest civilian honor.”

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security.