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2018


'Secret war' veterans ask Congress for national cemetery burials

'Secret war' veterans ask Congress for national cemetery burials During the Laotian Civil War, the CIA recruited Hmong and Lao soldiers to fight against Communist forces.
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2017


Laos, Hmong Veterans Remember Sacrifices on Memorial Day, Arlington 20th Anniversary Monument Ceremonies

May 30, 2017 02:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON & FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Memorial Day, 2017, PST - Lao- and Hmong-American veterans, along with their families and American advisors, are commemorating Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam War Memorial, the U.S. Congress and in ceremonies in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska and nationwide. The ceremonies are a culmination of two weeks of national events to honor veterans, and those who suffered and died, defending the Royal Kingdom of Laos during the Vietnam War.



2016



Invasion, Occupation, of the Kingdom of Laos by Vietnam Remembered At Lao Hmong Ceremonies

May 23, 2016 05:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Memorial ceremonies and events mourning the 40th anniversary of the refugee exodus from the Royal Kingdom of Laos, and mass killings of tens of thousands of Lao and Hmong people fleeing across the Mekong River from invading North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and communist Pathet Lao guerrillas, are continuing in Washington, D.C., and across the United States. Community ceremonies are being held to honor Lao- and Hmong-American veterans. and their refugee families, as well as their U.S. Special Forces, and clandestine military and CIA advisors, who served in defense of the Royal Kingdom of Laos, and U.S. national security interests, during the Vietnam War and its aftermath, according to Philip Smith, of the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA).


Death in the Mekong, Laos: Ceremonies in U.S. Senate, Arlington, Vietnam Memorial, Mark Exodus of Hmong, Lao People

May 17, 2016 12:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Laotian- and Hmong-American veterans, who served during the Vietnam War in Laos, are conducting national memorial and policy events, including those at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), the Vietnam War Memorial and Congress, according to Philip Smith of the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA). They are mourning the 40th anniversary of the exodus and mass killings of tens of thousands of Lao and Hmong refugees fleeing across the Mekong River in 1975-76, following the fall of Laos to invading North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces and communist Pathet Lao guerrillas. The somber, week-long events and ceremonies to honor the veterans are being held in Washington, D.C., Bryant University, New England, Alaska, Wisconsin and California.




Laos, Hmong Community, Veterans Reflect Upon Efforts in Washington, U.S. Congress

January 01, 2016

Greeting the New Year with optimism, and reflecting upon progress and historic events held in Washington, D.C. in 2015, Lao- and Hmong-American veterans and community leaders have joined with the Cent...



2015


Laos, Hmong, Vietnam Veterans, CPPA, Hold National Ceremonies
June 03, 2015
Lao- and Hmong-American veterans, who served during the Vietnam War, are concluding national memorial and policy events including those at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), the Vietnam War Memorial a...



2014


Vietnam Veterans of U.S. Secret Army in Laos Urge Congress to Act
October 24, 2014

The Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) and Lao- and Hmong-American leaders are meeting with key members of the U.S. Congress, and Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill, urging the passage of...


Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. Congress, Officials Honor Lao, Hmong-American Veterans
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance May 17,2014   11:19am
Lao- and Hmong-American veterans who served in Laos during the Vietnam War, and their American advisors, were honored at Arlington National Cemetery at a special veterans’ memorial ceremony held on Thursday by the Lao Veterans of America Institute , Center for Public Policy Analysis , Members of the U.S.



Laotian, Hmong-Americans Join U.S. Senators, CPPA, in Renewed Offensive in Congress

Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance May 14, 2014 09:25pm
The Center for Public Policy Analysis and Lao- and Hmong-American veterans gathered together on Wednesday in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for the introduction of key legislation spearheaded by U.S.



Hmong vets suffer setback in quest for burial at U.S. cemeteries

February 27, 2014

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — For years, they have sought to heal what they call a lingering wound from the Vietnam War era.

Hmong veterans — who fought in the CIA-backed secret war in Laos in the 1960s and '70s — have tried to obtain the right to be buried in U.S. veterans cemeteries. Such burials, they say, would be the appropriate way to recognize their wartime service.

But just when it appeared that former Hmong fighters might get their wish, election-year politics dealt them a setback. A veterans bill that would have advanced their cause was derailed in the Senate on Thursday in a partisan fight over unrelated issues.
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“Oh, no.’’ said Philip Smith, Washington director of Lao Veterans of America, when he heard the news. “Each month that passes, more of the veterans are passing away without the benefit of being honored.”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-vietnam-war-hmong-20140227-story.html






2013



U.S. Senate Nears Passage of Veterans Bill Honoring Laos, Hmong Veterans

Yahoo Finance

WASHINGTON--July 29, 2013-

The U.S. Senate is closer to taking up legislation to honor Lao- and Hmong-American veterans following passage last Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of a bill that includes language to recognize those who served in the U.S. ‘Secret Army’ in Laos during the Vietnam War. The bill would advance, and study, granting burial honors and benefits to the Lao-Hmong at national cemeteries administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-senate-nears-passage-veterans-232700901.htmlhttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-senate-nears-passage-veterans-232700901




Laos, Hmong Veterans of Vietnam War Honored At National Ceremonies

National memorial ceremonies and policy events are being held in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Congress, to recognize Laotian and Hmong veterans of the U.S. "Secret Army” who served in Laos during the Vietnam War.
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance, May 12, 2013




Laos, Hmong Veterans of Vietnam War Honored At National ...


Reuters News - May 12, 2013

... “The tradition of these gatherings to salute Lao and Hmong veterans and their American advisors, is an important exercise, reminding the ..




Murkowski, Costa introduce Lao and Hmong veterans bill
The Business Journal, California, February 2013 .thebusinessjournal.com/.../4920...hmong-veterans-bill Cached
According to the Center for Public Policy Analysis, the Lao Veterans of America Institute has led a nationwide effort to grant burial honors to Lao and Hmong veterans ...




Laos, Hmong Veterans Burial Honors Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Representative Jim Costa (D-California), and a bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress, are advancing legislation that would grant burial honors to Lao and Hmong-American veterans of the Vietnam War in Laos, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) and leading Lao and Hmong-American organizations.





Hmong soldiers who aided U.S. seek burial in national cemeteries ...

Los Angeles Times, February 6,, 2013

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Feb 6, 2013 ... Philip Smith, Washington director of the Lao Veterans of America, welcomed the new legislation and said it had been gaining support, with ...



Laos/Hmong Veterans Burial Honors Bill introduced in Senate - Scoop

Scoop News, Auckland, New Zealand, February 8, 2013

www.scoop.co.nz/ stories/ WO1302/ S00092/ laoshmong-veterans-burial-honors-bill-introduced-in-senate.htm

Feb 8, 2013 ... “America should grant the surviving Lao and Hmong veterans historic burial rights, and honors, at U.S. national veterans' cemeteries.”



Laos, Hmong Veterans of Vietnam War Honored by Congress with Burial Honors Bill Introduction
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WASHINGTON & FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twenty-three Members of Congress have introduced legislation to honor Laotian and Hmong veterans who served in combat in