The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering new medical services for certain World War II Filipino veterans under two bills signed into law by President Bush. Previously, Commonwealth Army veterans and New Philippine Scouts were eligible for treatment only for service-connected disabilities in VA medical facilities, but now the service-connection requirement has been removed. In addition, the law expands eligibility for certain health care benefits to New Philippine Scouts. Under earlier regulations, Commonwealth Army veterans but not New Philippine Scouts were eligible for treatment for non-service-connected disabilities in the same manner as U.S. World War II veterans if they received certain VA compensation and resided legally in the United States. Affected New Philippine Scout veterans may apply for VA enrollment by completing Form 10-10EZ at www.va.gov/1010ez.htm or by requesting a form at 1-877-222-8387. VA estimates that as many as 9,000 Filipino veterans may be eligible.
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