General Vang Pao to Speak in Fresno on Bill

Sunday, August 1, 2010

General Vang Pao will focus on a bill that's just been introduced into Congress.
It’s aimed at Hmong soldiers who supported the U.S. during the Vietnam War. If passed, those soldiers would have the right to be buried in national cemeteries.
General Vang Pao wants to personally deliver the news to his soldiers that they are one step closer to attaining some of the same rights as American Veterans of war.
During the Vietnam War there was a whole other secret war taking place in Southeast Asia. Hmong soldiers recruited by the CIA were putting their lives on the line to protect Americans.

How did the US government repay them?

Veteran Charlie Waters is a strong advocate in the Hmong community and close friend of General Vang Pao.

Waters says this bill, which was introduced by Valley Congressmen Jim Costa, Devin Nunes and George Radanovich holds huge significance.

In order for the bill to pass some of those Hmong soldiers will likely have to testify before Congress, which would be a new experience for them.

If given the right to be buried in a national cemetery Waters says it would lift a huge financial burden from the family members left behind.

If this bill passes it could take effect by the first of the year.


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