Jon Melegrito and FilVetREP both received $1,000 to help continue their inspiring work. L-R: (Ret.) Maj. General Tony Taguba. Dehja Bower, AARP interim Senior Vice President for Multicultural Leadership; Jon Melegrito; Daphne Kwok; Ron Mori; and Ryann Tanap of AARP Multicultural Leadership. Photo credit: Pauli Taῆedo. AARP celebrated its 2018 Asian American & Pacific Islander Hero Award winner Jon Melegrito of Kensington, Maryland for his volunteer work with the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) on Wednesday, December 5 in Washington, DC. Jon is the son of a Filipino World War II Veteran. From civil rights to the anti-apartheid movement, he has spent a lifetime building movements for equity and justice. Now, he advocates for Filipino World War II Veterans as a volunteer for a non-profit organization, the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). He is working with fellow advocates to feature the stories of Filipino World War II Veterans and their Congressional Gold Medal at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. “The AAPI Hero Award from AARP is a testament to the tireless efforts of veterans advocates who are determined to honor the inspiring service and sacrifice of Filipino World War II veterans by telling their story and keeping their memory alive. The work that I do allows me to help build a movement for justice and ensure that the voiceless and vulnerable among us are treated with dignity and respect,” said Jon Melegrito, FilVetREP Executive Secretary. AARP’s AAPI Hero Award is a nationwide contest that celebrates unsung heroes — volunteer and staff members who work diligently behind the scenes in nonprofit organizations serving AAPI age 50 and older.