War Claims Program Open
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About the Guam War Claims Program
On June 20, 2017, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission officially opened the Guam War Claims Program. This program carries out federal law, Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, introduced by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and enacted by President Barack Obama on December 23, 2016. This law recognizes the people of Guam for their unwavering loyalty to the United States during enemy occupation during World War II, and implements many of the recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission. Passage of war claims legislation was an effort undertaken by every Guam Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and it marked a significant legislative milestone to honor those Chamorros on Guam who suffered and died during World War II.
What is the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act?
The Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act honors Guam’s greatest generation by providing Congressional recognition to the people of Guam who endured enemy occupation during World War II. The law authorizes the payment of certain claims to the living survivors and the heirs of those who died as a result of the occupation.
Who is handling the claims process?
The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (FCSC), an entity within the U.S. Department of Justice, is responsible for the establishing and managing the claims process for eligible individuals. The FCSC has managed 43 previous claims programs administered by the United States Government, and its staff has expertise in adjudicating such programs. The FCSC is the only entity that will adjudicate claims.
Congresswoman Bordallo and her staff are working closely with the FCSC to ensure that the claims process is managed appropriately. The Congresswoman’s office will not directly adjudicate any claims nor will the Government of Guam or any other organization. Congresswoman Bordallo’s office can help make inquiries if there are specific questions and be of assistance in filling out claims forms.
Who is eligible to file a claim?
The Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act authorizes two categories of eligible claimants. The law reflects compromise language offered to Congresswoman Bordallo in 2009 by U.S. Senator John McCain. Congresswoman Bordallo, after consulting with local leaders and the people of Guam, included this compromise language in every introduction of the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act since 2010.
- Living survivors who suffered, as a result of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, or incident to the liberation of Guam by United States military forces, any of the following:
- Rape or severe personal injury (such as loss of a limb, dismemberment, or paralysis)
- Forced labor or a personal injury (such as disfigurement, scarring, or burns)
- Forced march, internment, or hiding to evade internment.
- The living spouse, living children or living parents of an individual who was killed during the Japanese occupation of Guam.
When can I file a claim?
The Guam War Claims Program is now OPEN. Individuals can download Statement of Claims forms here or directly from the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission at www.justice.gov/fcsc. If you have any questions, you may contact Congresswoman Bordallo’s District Office at (671) 477-4272.
What documents will be needed to file a claim?
The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission has determined that the only documentation necessary to file a claim is the Statement of Claim form, which is available in English and Chamorro. Individuals may submit other documentation to support their claim, if desired, but no other documentation is required by the FCSC. All forms must be signed and notarized before they are mailed to the Commission.
How long do I have to file a claim?
The Claims Program is open for one year, until June 20, 2018.
Where do I send my completed and notarized claim form?
Signed and notarized Statement of Claim forms must be sent directly to the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission in Washington, D.C. The Commission's mailing address is:
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
600 E Street NW, Room 6002
Washington, D.C. 20579
How much is being paid for compensation?
Payments for compensation are based on what the claimant may have endured:
- $15,000- Rape or severe personal injury (loss of limb, dismemberment or paralysis)
- $12,000- Forced labor or a personal injury (disfigurement, scarring, burns)
- $10,000- Forced march, internment, or hiding to evade internment
- $25,000- to be distributed between living descendants of individuals killed during the occupation (parents, widow or surviving children only). Note: by law, these amounts will only be paid after survivors have been compensated.