Sunday, July 10, 2016

Duffy’s Resolution To Honor Hmong Fighters Unanimously Passes Congressional Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sean Duffy’s (WI-07) resolution to honor the Hmong for “their support and defense of the United States Armed Forces and freedom in Southeast Asia” today passed with a unanimous vote out of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Duffy’s resolution, (H. Res. 210) marks the first time a body of Congress officially honored the Hmong’s efforts in battle. It was cosponsored by 46 other Members of Congress.
Read the resolution in its entirety below:
"Affirming and recognizing the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters and the people of Cambodia and Laos for their support and defense of the United States Armed Forces and freedom in Southeast Asia.
"Whereas the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters (also known as “southeast Asian veterans”) fought and died with United States Armed Forces during the conflict in Southeast Asia;
"Whereas the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters rescued United States pilots shot down in enemy-controlled territory and returned the pilots to safety;
"Whereas the Khmer soldiers retrieved and prevented from falling into enemy hands secret and sensitive information, technology, and equipment;
"Whereas the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters captured and destroyed enemy supplies and prevented enemy forces from using the supplies to kill members of the United States Armed Forces;
"Whereas the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters gathered and provided to the United States Armed Forces intelligence about enemy troop positions, movement, and strength;
"Whereas the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters provided food, shelter, and support to the United States Armed Forces; Whereas the Khmer and National Armed Forces of Cambodia facilitated the evacuation of the United States Embassy in Phnom Penh on April 12, 1975, by continuing to fight Khmer Rouge forces as the forces advanced upon the capital; and Whereas veterans of the Khmer Mobile Guerrilla Forces, the Laotian Special Guerrilla Units, the Khmer Republic Armed Forces, the Hmong, and the Montagnard defended human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of representation and association: Now, therefore, be it
"Resolved, That the House of Representatives affirms and recognizes the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters and the people of Cambodia and Laos for their support and defense of the United States Armed Forces and freedom in Southeast Asia." 
To view the House Resolution 210 online, click HERE.



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