U.S. $500,000 grant for medical equipment to assist Filipino veterans

The U.S. Embassy and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs are pleased to announce that the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration has approved a $500,000 grant in the form of VA-purchased medical equipment for the Philippines Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

“The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office has identified equipment to establish an Eye Center as their top priority this year, and this grant will cover roughly 70% of their equipment needs,” said Jon Skelly, Director of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Office in Manila. This grant-in-aid is one of a series of medical equipment donations that the U.S. Government has provided to the Filipino veteran community and their families since 2003.

“We are so pleased to help out Filipino veterans of all ages as well as their families with this donation,” said Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.  “This is a great program in which the U.S. Government partners with the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Manila to provide assistance to Filipino veterans.  It is one more way in which we honor the bravery and heroism of all Filipino veterans who have put their country ahead of themselves and fought to preserve freedom.”

Since 2003 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) Manila has provided $6.5 million in equipment grants to the Philippines’ only Veterans hospital, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, as follows: 2003 ($1million) – 13 ventilators, Dialysis Center with 10 Dialysis Machines, and 9 Cardiac Monitors; 2004 ($1million) – Gamma X-Ray Camera, Ultrasound Machine, 2D Echocardiogram; 2005 ($1million) – Flouroscopy Machine, 20 Patient Monitors, 2 portableX-Ray machines, Boiler Plant upgrade; 2006 ($500,000) – 6 Galileo Ventilators, Mortuary Rehabilitation; 2007/2008  ($1 million) – T-SCAN Machine; 2009/2010 ($1.5 million) – MRI Machine; and 2011 ($500,000) – Eye Center.

The U.S. Government works in partnership with the leadership of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center to determine what equipment is most beneficial and will best meet the needs of the veterans and their families.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs oversees the purchase, installation, and maintenance of all equipment donated through the program.

For more information about the services and benefits offered by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic, visit the US Embassy website at http://manila.usembassy.gov or dial (632) 528-2500 within Metro Manila or from outside Manila toll-free at 1-800-1888-5252, or contact the offices via e-mail at https://iris.va.gov.#