WASHINGTON, DC- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement today in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“Each May Americans celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our nation. The landscape of my own district is brightly painted with the history of the largest population of Filipino Americans in the continental U.S. We are working together to recognize the Filipino veterans of WWII who fought for the U.S. and were promised full veterans benefits, but who were later denied eligibility for them.

“I am proud to celebrate the immigrants from Asia, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, and generations of their descendants who represent a vital part of our nation and have distinguished themselves as outstanding entrepreneurs, members of our armed forces and community leaders. The heroes of the AAPI community represent the very best aspects of American life and have enhanced the moral fabric of my district, the state of California, and our country.”