B-168639, JAN. 16, 1970

B-168639: Jan 16, 1970

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CRUZ: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JULY 10. YOUR LETTER WAS FORWARDED TO OUR OFFICE FOR REPLY. THIS MATTER WAS THE SUBJECT OF LETTERS FROM OUR CLAIMS DIVISION DATED JULY 18. IN THE LATTER LETTER YOU WERE ADVISED THAT YOUR UNAWARENESS OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF OCTOBER 9. WHICH BAR CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM BY THIS OFFICE DUE TO THE FACT THAT SUCH CLAIM WAS NOT RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE WITHIN THE 10-YEAR LIMITATION PERIOD PRESCRIBED IN THAT ACT. WAS NOT A LEGAL BASIS FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM. SINCE THIS OFFICE IS WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO WAIVE ANY PROVISION OF THE 1940 ACT OR MAKE ANY EXCEPTION TO THE TIME LIMITATION THERE IMPOSED. YOU NOW CONTEND THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO MUSTERING-OUT PAY "UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ACT NO. 263.

B-168639, JAN. 16, 1970

MILITARY--MUSTERING-OUT PAY DECISION TO CLAIMANT CONCERNING CLAIM FOR MUSTERING-OUT PAY INCIDENT TO DISCHARGE FROM MILITARY SERVICE IN 1946. CLAIMANT INFORMED OF VARIOUS LAWS CONCERNING MUSTERING-OUT PAY.

TO MR. TEODORICO J. CRUZ:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JULY 10, 1969, ADDRESSED TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY FINANCE CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, CONCERNING YOUR CLAIM FOR MUSTERING-OUT PAY BELIEVED DUE INCIDENT TO YOUR DISCHARGE FROM MILITARY SERVICE IN 1946. YOUR LETTER WAS FORWARDED TO OUR OFFICE FOR REPLY.

THIS MATTER WAS THE SUBJECT OF LETTERS FROM OUR CLAIMS DIVISION DATED JULY 18, 1968, AND OCTOBER 7, 1968. IN THE LATTER LETTER YOU WERE ADVISED THAT YOUR UNAWARENESS OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF OCTOBER 9, 1940, CH. 788, 54 STAT. 1061, 31 U.S.C. 71A, WHICH BAR CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM BY THIS OFFICE DUE TO THE FACT THAT SUCH CLAIM WAS NOT RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE WITHIN THE 10-YEAR LIMITATION PERIOD PRESCRIBED IN THAT ACT, WAS NOT A LEGAL BASIS FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF YOUR CLAIM, SINCE THIS OFFICE IS WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO WAIVE ANY PROVISION OF THE 1940 ACT OR MAKE ANY EXCEPTION TO THE TIME LIMITATION THERE IMPOSED.

YOU NOW CONTEND THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO MUSTERING-OUT PAY "UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ACT NO. 263, OF THE 88(TH) THE CONGRESS DATED 9, JANUARY 1963 APPROVED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1965." WE ARE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY THE LAW TO WHICH YOU REFER. NEITHER PUBLIC LAW 88-263 (WHICH WAS APPROVED JANUARY 31, 1964) NOR ANY LAW ENACTED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1965, IN ANY WAY RELATES TO MUSTERING-OUT PAY. NO LAW WAS ENACTED OR APPROVED ON JANUARY 9, 1963.

YOU ALSO REFER TO "THE PROVISIONS OF 311 - 322 OF T.M. 502 MUSTERING OUTPAY LAW." PRESUMABLY, YOU HAVE REFERENCE TO SECTION V, CHAPTER 10, T.M. 14-502, WHICH CONTAINS REGULATIONS RELATING TO MUSTERING-OUT PAYMENTS UNDER 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 THAT ACT PROVIDED FOR A MAXIMUM PAYMENT OF$300 TO OTHERWISE QUALIFIED PERSONS WHO SERVED 60 DAYS OR MORE AND SERVED OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES OR ALASKA. HOWEVER, IF YOU WERE ENTITLED TO MUSTERING-OUT PAY UNDER THAT ACT. CLAIM THEREFOR, LIKE OTHER CLAIMS FOR MUSTERING-OUT PAY, WAS SUBJECT TO THE TIME LIMITATION IMPOSED BY THE 1940 ACT, WHICH BARS CONSIDERATION OF EVERY CLAIM NOT RECEIVED IN THIS OFFICE WITHIN 10 FULL YEARS AFTER THE DATE SUCH CLAIM FIRST ACCRUED.

THE MUSTERING-OUT PAYMENT ACT OF 1944 AUTHORIZED THE PAYMENT OF MUSTERING -OUT PAY TO MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO ENGAGED IN ACTIVE SERVICE FOR VARIOUS PERIODS OF TIME DURING WORLD WAR II. SECTION 6 (A) OF THAT ACT DEFINED THE TERM "MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES" TO MEAN---

"* * * ANY MEMBER OF THE ARMY OR NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COMPONENTS * * *."

WHILE YOU MENTION THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS AND THE USAFFE, CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM YOU INDICATES THAT THE SERVICE YOU PERFORMED MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AS A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED ABOVE, BUT RATHER AS A MEMBER OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY. SHOULD THAT BE CORRECT, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT NO RIGHT TO MUSTERING-OUT PAY WOULD HAVE ACCRUED TO YOU UNDER ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF LAW RELATING THERETO. WE ARE NOT AWARE OF ANY LAW WHICH ENTITLED MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY SERVING WITH THE USAFFE TO RECEIVE MUSTERING-OUT PAY DIRECTLY FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

FUNDS FOR PAYMENT OF ITEMS OF PAY AND ALLOWANCES AUTHORIZED FOR MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZED MILITARY FORCES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES SERVING IN WORLD WAR II WERE APPROPRIATED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND TRANSFERRED TO THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT FOR PAYMENT. IN THIS CONNECTION AN AGREEMENT BY THE UNITED STATES AND THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES ENTITLED "SETTLEMENT OF VETERANS CLAIMS" BECAME EFFECTIVE ON JUNE 29, 1967. THAT AGREEMENT PROVIDED FOR THE PAYMENT OF FUNDS BY THE UNITED STATES TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES IN FULL SETTLEMENT OF VARIOUS CLAIMS FOR BACK PAY AND ALLOWANCES ARISING FROM MILITARY SERVICE BY MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMED FORCES AND RECOGNIZED PHILIPPINE GUERRILLAS DURING WORLD WAR II WHO HAD NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY PAID AND WHOSE NAMES APPEARED ON THE UNITED STATES APPROVED REVISED FINAL ROSTER OF MARCH 1948.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A VALID CLAIM FOR PAYMENT OUT OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED FUNDS, SUCH CLAIM SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT. THERE IS NO ACTION WE LEGALLY MAY TAKE IN THE MATTER.