" Ib tug ua, ib tug txhob rhuav"
Yog txhais licas? Tsis ceevfaj tsam Potter ua rau VP rov raug txim tsis muaj hnub tawm! Chee Yang nyob hauv VP daim "black list?" Txawm licas los tejzaum FBI rau tej nom loj yuav paub tas lawm ho. Nej xav licas?
Bill: Yesterday, I was invited to be the distinguished guest to 'open' the 3-day Lao-Hmong New Year celebration at the Adam's County Fairgrounds. Besides a few thousand Hmong, the Mayor of Westminster, Nancy McNally, and two of her city council members attended, a country commissioner and a state representative. It was very festive and, if Ed could have attended, he would have been relieved that we didn't have to drink their strong 'kickapoo joy juice', as we have in the past!
Mayor McNally said that their Veterans Memorial Project is nearing completion.
Nationwide, I am still helping General Vang Pao, and his team, register and validate all Lao-Hmong SGU veterans and widows around the country. As you know, Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) has processed and coordinated a bill with VA to provide very limited VA benefits (veterans recognition to all Asian Allies from the Vietnam War with access to all national cemeteries, and state veterans cemeteries, with 'full military honors'). I will be flying to Southern California on the 4th of December to visit with General Vang Pao and his family to further coordinate this effort. Working with the State Department, General Vang Pao has also arranged a "Day of Reconciliation" with the Communist Laotian Government to be held on the 10th of January.
He, the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, a top Thai official and the Laotian Communist leader will meet on the Mekong River bridge between Laos and Thailand to hold this ceremony. The Communist Laotian government has agreed to return Lao-Hmong land and property back to their original clans and provide land for any Lao-Hmong family that wants to return to Laos. I doubt that many Lao-Hmong Americans will want to return to Laos ever, other than to possibly visit relatives or help sponsor some relatives to the United States. This gesture, hopefully, will also stop the persecution of Lao-Hmong people still hiding in the jungles of Laos from the Pathet Lao and Vietnamese military forces......to be seen.
General Vang Pao also wants to change the date of the National Lao-Hmong Recognition Day from the 22nd of July primarily because that date was selected arbitrarily by yang Chee, who is on the General's 'black list' as he was never a "Colonel", never in the SGU, nor the CIA and led student rallies against the U.S. and Lao-Hmong SGU and their families in 1975.
By the way, all Lao-Hmong clans were present at yesterday's New Year opening ceremonies where each clan participates in a ceremonial 'toast', except the Colorado Yang clan. Only Lo Yang was there who has distanced himself from Yang Chee. The new Lao-Hmong National Recognition Day being considered is the day that CIA Agent Bill Lair concluded the military alliance between the U.S. and General Vang Pao.
As far as 'registering' the other Asian allies, I have assigned a team of 3 U.S. retired senior officers. who directly worked and coordinated our Cambodian allies during the Vietnam War to work with them. I will continue to work with General Vang Pao to contact and register the Lao-Hmong SGU veteran communities and I have also organized a Vietnamese non-profit organization and team to help me contact and coordinate the registration of all South Vietnamese veterans across the country: www.usvava.com
After meeting with General Vang Pao on the 4th of December, I will meet with the top South Vietnamese community leaders, veterans, generals and admirals on the 5th of December, including General Ton That Dinh and General Nyuen Khanh, who was the last 'head of state' that surrendered to the North Vietnamese in Saigon in 1975. I will arrange to meet later with the Denver Vietnamese community leaders and then with other states.
To coordinate and register our Montagnard allies, I have assigned a non-profit organization of U.S. Special Forces that fought and worked directly with them during the Vietnam War. I have attached the registration form that I created for all of the Asian allies, except the Lao-Hmong SGU, which General Vang Pao's hired team created just for the SGU.
Congressman Jim Costa's bill should be introduced anytime to Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee. As you know, Congressman Filner was successful in bringing limited VA benefits to the WWII Filipino Scouts who worked for the U.S. Army. This should be a true bi-partisan effort and we have already 'lined up' many Congressmen and Senators to support or co-sponsor this bill once we receive an official House Bill number.
Finally, I am hoping to arrange for General Vang Pao to visit Colorado next year, perhaps for the Lao-Hmong New Year opening ceremony in November, right after Thanksgiving, since the Colorado Vue Clan will be in charge of organizing it.
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