Surviving Hmong veterans of the CIA’s Secret War in Laos received medals for their service on the west steps of the Capitol on Monday evening, May 16, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. An estimated 35,000 Hmong soldiers died battling the Pathet Lao and the Vietnamese regular army during the Vietnam War and the Secret War in Laos. An estimated 6,000 survive, and there have been efforts in Congress to get them veterans benefits and have them buried in U.S. military cemeteries. There are an estimated 27,000 Hmong refugees and their children in Sacramento and another 40,000 in the Fresno area. Jos&eacute Luis Villegas The Sacramento Bee
Surviving Hmong veterans of the CIA’s Secret War in Laos received medals for their service on the west steps of the Capitol on Monday evening, May 16, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. An estimated 35,000 Hmong soldiers died battling the Pathet Lao and the Vietnamese regular army during the Vietnam War and the Secret War in Laos. An estimated 6,000 survive, and there have been efforts in Congress to get them veterans benefits and have them buried in U.S. military cemeteries. There are an estimated 27,000 Hmong refugees and their children in Sacramento and another 40,000 in the Fresno area. Jos&eacute Luis Villegas The Sacramento Bee

Hmong veterans of CIA’s war in Laos honored at California Capitol

May 16, 2016 01:15 PM