United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, at a high-level meeting last Friday with Palau’s leaders, agreed to mandate one of the US veterans service centers in Guam or in Philippines to provide service to US veterans in Palau. Currently none of the medical facilities in these two nearest locations have the mandate to service US veterans from Palau.

Secretary Robert Wilkie arrived in Palau with a delegation consisting of high officials from United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Department of Interior, Department of Defense and National Security Council on Friday, January 17th to address Palau veterans’ needs.

Secretary Wilkie was able to meet with Vice President Raynold Oilouch, leaders of both Senate and House of Delegates and ministers, including Minister of State Rehuher, Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts, and Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang and to hear concerns and needs of veterans in Palau.

He was able to also meet with officers and members of the Palau’s Veterans organization and to hear from them directly.

The United States delegation was in Palau for only a day and left to the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Saturday, January 18th. (L.N. Reklai)