Guam- Although the war reparations measure has been scaled back in Congress, Senator Frank Blas Jr. remains positive it will pass before more war survivors pass on.
Blas has been a strong advocate in keeping the World War II Loyalty Recognition Act alive. He reiterates that it really isn’t about the money, but recognizing what these war survivors had to go through. He adds any scale back of the monetary value of the act should not include any scale back of recognition of the people that suffered, whether they have passed on or remain alive today.
“It’s time now to honor the people…the people who were living on the only U.S. possession that has ever been occupied by an enemy force where its inhabitants were basically prisoners of war” said Blas.“This is the only place in the United States that has that distinction.”
Blas says he is hopeful Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo will do everything she can to see through the passage of war reparations in the revised version of the FY 2011 defense bill.