About the Project

Click play to watch the Story of FilVetREP from inception to the present. 

Duty to Country is an online educational project produced by the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP.org) The project is a state of the art interactive, web-based educational program accessible and free to the public. It provides compelling historical accounts, oral histories and stories, primary sources, lesson plans and teaching activities, and artifacts depicting the legacy of the Filipinos and Americans who fought in World War II in the Philippines.

In 2017, Filipino Veterans of World War II received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service during the war. The Duty to Country Education Project was started in 2019 to education the public about the story of Filipinos and American veterans of WWII and the decades-long civil rights struggle to gain recognition and benefits for Filipino veterans denied them after the war.

USAFFE Protest


Duty To Country was awarded AAM Media & Technology MUSE’s Silver Award in the category of Online Experience (awards page here), MuseWeb GLAMi’s Silver Award (awards page here), Muse Creative’s Gold Award in the categories of education and activism (awards page here), and Horizon Interactive’s Gold Award (awards page here).

Project Goals

Raise Awareness

Provide a unique platform to highlight Filipino and American World War II veterans and connect younger generations to those who have and have not worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.

Inclusive Storytelling

Share the story of not only the American and Filipino soldiers, but also the Filipinos who were not a part of the official military efforts during World War II. This includes guerrillas, resistance fighters, women and children, all of whom were crucial in the war effort.


For the second phase of the project we have developed engaging and easy-to-use educational curriculums (here) to teach the story to students in middle and high school. We have also provided a comprehensive list of academic resources (Here) for use by educators.    

Phase I

October 2019
  • Pilot Oral History Production
  • Online Web Presence
  • Short Film

Phase II

October 2020
  • Online Exhibition
  • Oral History Topics and Archives

Phase III

2021 to 2025
  • For Educators
  • Graphic Novel
  • The creation of a digital collection of objects, documents and images.

The Duty to Country Online Education Project:

  • Provides a unique platform to raise awareness about the Filipino and American WWII veterans to connect their story with younger generations.
  • Creates a national education program to spotlight the Congressional Gold Medal and the 260,000 Filipino and American Soldiers who fought for freedom, many of whom were denied recognition.
  • Explores the concept that their story is inherently an American story. These soldiers played a critical role in the defense of democracy in WWII.
  • Incorporates engaging media with technology that appeals to students to help reinforce learning and create a positive impact.
  • Shares the contemporary story and struggle of Filipino-American veterans and others to receive recognition for their efforts almost 80 years ago.
  • Highlights the Rescission Act and other injustices inflicted by the US Government that prevented Filipino veterans from receiving compensation for their efforts in defending the United States in the Philippines.

About the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project

The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (www.filvetrep.org) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax exempt, community based, all volunteer, charitable and educational organization. It is committed to educating and raising awareness of the national recognition of Filipino and American World War II soldiers across the United States and the Philippines for their wartime service to the US and the Philippines. The United States promised these brave men and women American citizenship and Veterans’ Administration benefits, and yet they were denied these benefits after the war and for over seven decades. Many died without receiving any recognition from the US Government for their sacrifice. In its first phase, FilVetREP was able to successfully lobby the United States Congress to award Filipino and American soldiers the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) for their contributions during World War II. For the second phase of the project we have developed engaging and easy-to-use educational curriculums to teach the story to middle and high schoolers. We also have provided a compressive list of academic resources for educators.