Hmong veterans from all over the country joined with Army Special Forces veterans and friends in Washington, DC this week to pay homage to the Hmong Americans who fought America’s secret war in Laos, reports the News Tribune.
May 14 and 15 marked the 40th anniversary of when the North Vietnamese captured the main base used by Hmong forces and the CIA in 1975.
The Hmong had been recruited by the CIA and Army Special Forces for the extended war in Southeast Asia. As many as 30,000 Hmong died in the secret war. Some of the survivors gathered under the tree and marker at Arlington National Cemetery commemorating the Hmong and Lao forces.
Several bills have been introduced in Congress to honor these veterans and give them their proper due. You can read about that in the News Tribune.