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Opening Statement of Hon. Doug Lamborn, a Representative in Congress from the State of Colorado

Good Morning. 

Growing up, I read of the brave struggles that occurred in the early weeks of the war in the Pacific.  Outnumbered American troops fought side-by-side with Filipino patriots in arms; many of them suffered years of captivity under the most brutal of conditions.

Then and throughout World War Two, Filipinos earned our respect and admiration in a heroic effort that helped the allies secure that hemisphere from the darkness of imperialism.

Over the past six decades, beginning with U.S. aid to the newly independent Republic of the Philippines, our nation has demonstrated a steady resolve to treat Filipino veterans with equity.

I am honored to be here to today to continue the discussion of equity in the treatment of these brave veterans, and I look forward to hearing from our distinguished panelists.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back my time.