B-164465, JUL. 1, 1968

B-164465: Jul 1, 1968

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ESTRELLA: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR RECENT UNDATED LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY FINANCE CENTER. WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO THIS OFFICE FOR REPLY AND RECEIVED HERE ON MAY 16. OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT THIS MATTER WAS THE SUBJECT OF LETTERS FROM OUR CLAIMS DIVISION DATED MARCH 15 AND JUNE 7. IN WHICH YOU WERE ADVISED THAT CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM FOR SUCH PAY WAS BARRED BY THE ACT OF OCTOBER 9. WHILE THAT SECTION MAY HAVE BEEN THE AUTHORITY UNDER WHICH YOU SERVED AS A PHILIPPINE SCOUT AFTER THAT DATE. ANY MUSTERING-OUT PAY TO WHICH YOU MAY HAVE BEEN ENTITLED ACCRUED TO YOU BY VIRTUE OF THE MUSTERING-OUT PAYMENT ACT OF 1944. THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT THAT COULD BE PAID AS MUSTERING-OUT PAY TO A PHILIPPINE SCOUT UPON DISCHARGE WAS 300 PESOS.

B-164465, JUL. 1, 1968

TO MR. ANTONIO C. ESTRELLA:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR RECENT UNDATED LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY FINANCE CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO THIS OFFICE FOR REPLY AND RECEIVED HERE ON MAY 16, 1968, CONCERNING YOUR CLAIM FOR MUSTERING-OUT PAY IN THE AMOUNT OF $300 BELIEVED TO BE DUE INCIDENT TO YOUR DISCHARGE FROM THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS IN JUNE 1948.

OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT THIS MATTER WAS THE SUBJECT OF LETTERS FROM OUR CLAIMS DIVISION DATED MARCH 15 AND JUNE 7, 1963, IN WHICH YOU WERE ADVISED THAT CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM FOR SUCH PAY WAS BARRED BY THE ACT OF OCTOBER 9, 1940, CH. 788, 54 STAT. 1061, 31 U.S.C. 71A. THAT ACT READS IN PERTINENT PART:

"/1) EVERY CLAIM OR DEMAND * * * AGAINST THE UNITED STATES COGNIZABLE BY THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE * * * SHALL BE FOREVER BARRED UNLESS SUCH CLAIM, BEARING THE SIGNATURE AND ADDRESS OF THE CLAIMANT OR OF AN AUTHORIZED AGENT OR ATTORNEY, SHALL BE RECEIVED IN SAID OFFICE WITHIN TEN FULL YEARS AFTER THE DATE SUCH CLAIM FIRST ACCRUED * * *.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE ABOVE-QUOTED ACT, SECTION 305 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1921, CH. 18, 42 STAT. 24, 31 U.S.C. 71, PROVIDES THAT ALL CLAIMS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE SETTLED AND ADJUSTED IN THIS OFFICE (GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE).

IN SUPPORT OF YOUR CLAIM YOU NOW INVITE ATTENTION TO SECTION 14 OF THE ACT OF OCTOBER 5 (6), 1945, CH. 393, 59 STAT. 543, THE PROVISIONS OF THE MUSTERING-OUT PAYMENT ACT OF 1944, AND CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS, IN THE BELIEF THAT SUCH PROVISIONS AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF YOUR CLAIM.

SECTION 14 OF THE 1945 ACT DOES NOT PERTAIN TO THE PAYMENT OF MUSTERING- OUT PAY. IT RELATES ONLY TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR ENLISTMENT OF A NUMBER OF PERSONS IN THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS FOR DUTY IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS AND CERTAIN AREAS OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 6, 1945. WHILE THAT SECTION MAY HAVE BEEN THE AUTHORITY UNDER WHICH YOU SERVED AS A PHILIPPINE SCOUT AFTER THAT DATE, IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY REFER TO MUSTERING-OUT PAY.

ANY MUSTERING-OUT PAY TO WHICH YOU MAY HAVE BEEN ENTITLED ACCRUED TO YOU BY VIRTUE OF THE MUSTERING-OUT PAYMENT ACT OF 1944, CH. 9, 58 STAT. 8, AS AMENDED, 38 U.S.C. 691 ET. SEQ. (1946 ED.), SECTION 2 (A) (1) OF WHICH PROVIDED FOR A MAXIMUM PAYMENT OF $300 TO PERSONS WHO SERVED 60 DAYS OR MORE OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES OR IN ALASKA. CONNECTION WITH THIS ACT, TITLE II OF THE ACT OF MAY 27, 1946, CH. 271, 60 STAT. 223, PROVIDED THAT THE BENEFITS OF THE MUSTERING-OUT PAYMENT ACT OF 1944 SHOULD BE DEEMED APPLICABLE TO PERSONS WHO SERVED IN THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS AFTER PASSAGE OF THE ACT OF OCTOBER 6, 1945, WITH PAYMENT TO BE MADE AT THE RATE OF ONE PHILIPPINE PESO FOR EACH DOLLAR AUTHORIZED BY THE 1944 ACT. IN OTHER WORDS, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THOSE LAWS, THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT THAT COULD BE PAID AS MUSTERING-OUT PAY TO A PHILIPPINE SCOUT UPON DISCHARGE WAS 300 PESOS.

ALL CLAIMS FOR MUSTERING-OUT PAY, HOWEVER, ARE SUBJECT TO THE TIME LIMITATION IMPOSED BY THE ACT OF OCTOBER 9, 1940, SUPRA, WHICH REQUIRES THAT EVERY CLAIM BE RECEIVED HERE WITHIN TEN FULL YEARS OF THE DATE SUCH CLAIM FIRST ACCRUED.

YOU STATE THAT YOU WERE DISCHARGED FROM THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS ON JUNE 22, 1948. SINCE THAT WAS THE DATE YOUR CLAIM FIRST ACCRUED, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THIS OFFICE TO HAVE RECEIVED SUCH CLAIM ON OR BEFORE JUNE 22, 1958, IN ORDER TO AVOID THE BAR OF THE 1940 ACT. OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT YOUR CLAIM FOR MUSTERING-OUT PAY WAS FIRST RECEIVED HERE FEBRUARY 21, 1963, MORE THAN 14 YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF YOUR DISCHARGE.

ACCORDINGLY, SINCE CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM IS SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY THE 1940 BARRING ACT, THE ACTION HERETOFORE TAKEN BY OUR CLAIMS DIVISION IS SUSTAINED.