SUAB HMONG NEWS (03/15/2018) – Neng Xiong, News Correspondent for Suab Hmong News, interviews Pa Ma Thao, President of Lao Veterans of America – Minnesota Branch, and Cha Yer Xiong, Vice President of Lao Veteran of America – Minnesota Branch, on the latest development in the Lao Veterans of America in Minnesota.
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“Lao Veterans of America organization is an organization representing Hmong soldiers who are no longer with us and for those left behind such as their wives and children” said Pa Ma Thao.
Pa Ma Thao said there are less than 500 members active in Lao Veterans of American in Minnesota.
Thao talked about the legacy of Hmong Veterans worked with the United States during the Secret War in Laos and after the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic took over Laos, Hmong fled to Thailand and allowed to resettle in America and other countries. “General Vang Pao paved the way for us to come to America. Of course, we came here by ourselves but he was the key to open the gate for all of us” said Pa Ma Thao.
Pa Ma Thao took three delegations from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other states to Washington D.C. three time in three years from 2015, 2016, and 2017 to call legislatures to pass benefit bills for Hmong Veterans and to pay honor to the memorial monument plate and a tree planted to remember Hmong Veterans at National Arlington Cemetery. “We went to Washington D.C. to call legislatures to pass benefit bills for all Hmong Veterans and to continue to pay our honor to the memorial plate and the tree General Vang Pao and Hmong Veterans fought hard at D.C. to plant them at National Arlington Cemetery” said Pa Ma Thao.
Thao said he is working hard to get benefits for Hmong Veterans and he is calling for a unity of many Hmong Veterans organization in America.