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Herald Online: Hmong, Laos Who Fought in Vietnam Could Gain Veteran Burial Rights

Veterans CemetaryA congressional hearing will be conducted today to discuss giving Hmong and Laotian Americans who served in covert special forces during the Vietnam War burial honors, reports Herald Online.

“The Lao and Hmong Veterans Honor Bill introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) if enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama would permit some 9,700 Laotian and Hmong American veterans of the U.S. Secret Army in Laos to be buried in national¬† Department of Veteran Affairs’ cemeteries, said Philip Smith of the Center for Public Policy Analysis.

Some 40,000 lost their lives fighting the Secret War between 1961 and 75.

You can read comments from some of the veterans about this bill on Herald Online.

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