HENRY QUILLEN WINS PRO BONO APPEAL FOR FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERAN

With a win at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Whatley Kallas partner Henry Quillen helped his client, Gerardo Tan, get closer to receiving compensation for his service in World War II. Mr. Tan, who is from the Philippines, fought on behalf of the United States against the Japanese in World War II. In 2009, Congress authorized a one-time payment to certain Filipinos who served under the control of the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Mr. Tan, who had since moved to the United States and become a citizen, applied for compensation but was denied on the grounds that his records were inadequate. Working pro bono with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Henry took the case, which had been appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. After Henry filed a brief pointing out  the ways in which the Board of Veterans’ Appeals misapplied the law and failed to request relevant records, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs agreed to remand the case with instructions to fix the problems that led to the Board’s decision.