One last fight for secret soldiers

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2012 - 5:41 AM

Federal law forbids burial of Hmong veterans next to their U.S. comrades. They're fighting for a bill in the Minnesota House that asks Congress and the president to change the prohibition.

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paramedicrnFeb. 29, 1210:24 PM

Maybe it's time to change our policy for these veterans. The total number is not very large. It would be a great honor to them and they certainly deserve it.

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jarlmnFeb. 29, 1210:24 PM

Without the sacrifices of these brave soldiers on our behalf, I'd probably be long-dead in some forgotten Southeast Asian patch of jungle. I'd be proud to be buried beside any one of them! If the ungrateful Federal government snubs them for their service to our cause, we should at the very least make them welcome in our state veterans cemeteries!

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mschmedmanFeb. 29, 1210:48 PM

It's hard for me to see a good reason to not allow these brave men the honor of a burial at a national cemetery. The simple fact that they want to be buried there is a testament to their patriotism. I say it's an honor they've more than earned!

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krymeariverFeb. 29, 1211:05 PM

agree as Jarlmn says... these guys were on OUR side, they fought for OUR belief's. let them rest next to OUR soldiers... I am German/Norweigan/Chippawa...these are people we need to respect.

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cepeda22Feb. 29, 1211:24 PM

They deserve it. Let them rest where they deserve to rest. They fought for the United States. Whats next? We dont allow gay servicemen and women the right to be buried in those cemeteries? Not yes, BUT HELL YES! They should be allowed to be buried next to their brothers... Rich39371... You must be ridiculous. Did you serve? If you did, you must have been an officer, because a true soldier knows that you always take care of your battle buddy. Always.

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ammunraFeb. 29, 1211:45 PM

It really seems like such a small request. They've earned the honor of a respectful burial among brothers-in-arms. Why the holdup?

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gofigerMar. 1, 1212:18 AM

Not no but hell no! - I understand your sentiment, I am a Vet as well, I reserve comment. Keep strong...

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jcinmnMar. 1, 1212:18 AM

There was an article a few years back about General Vang, their leader. He created such an effective fighting force that his units were able to move to where the Pathet Lao were faster than the Americans in Hueys could. He had the Pathet Lao on the defensive even though his numbers were much smaller than theirs. Then the CIA told him to change tactics and this change caused many more casualties. These men were asked to fight our war. They had no need to fight at all. They were in such remote areas of Laos that what happened in really had no effect on them. Communist or Republic really didn't matter. They fought our war and it cost them their homeland. They cannot return even to visit family that they left behind. We caused this and we won't even give them the dignity of being honored as our allies? This is shameful. They can have my place in any veteran's cemetary because of the price they paid

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jimdanangMar. 1, 12 2:37 AM

This is so long overdue that it's unconscionable. This cohort is just a small percentage of those who served with us. The rest we used and discarded.

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kwirkyMar. 1, 12 5:30 AM

another vet here - they have paid the price, they deserve their place with the rest of our heros.

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