HR 9: Encouraging the United States Congress to pass legislation giving full military burial rights to Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War.
00 HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 9 01 Encouraging the United States Congress to pass legislation giving full military burial 02 rights to Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 04 WHEREAS, beginning in 1960, the United States Central Intelligence Agency 05 recruited thousands of Hmong people to fight against the Communist Pathet Lao and North 06 Vietnamese Army regulars in Laos; and 07 WHEREAS, in July 1961, Brigadier General Edward G. Lansdale wrote in a memo to 08 General Maxwell D. Taylor that about 9,000 Hmong tribesmen had been equipped for guerilla 09 operations and these operations were being conducted with considerable effectiveness in 10 Communist-dominated territory in Laos; and 11 WHEREAS as many as 100,000 Hmong soldiers were recruited and trained as 12 Special Guerrilla Units to engage the North Vietnamese Army; and 13 WHEREAS the United States relied heavily on the Hmong Special Guerrilla Units, 14 although outnumbered by enemy forces, to intercept and prevent the flow of troops and war 15 supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail; and 16 WHEREAS the Hmong soldiers conducted tactical guerrilla actions, flew thousands
01 of deadly combat missions in support of the United States Armed Forces and the Central 02 Intelligence Agency, and fought in conventional and guerilla combat with an extremely high 03 number of casualties; and 04 WHEREAS the Hmong soldiers protected United States personnel, guarded United 05 States Air Force radar installations, gathered critical intelligence about enemy operations, and 06 undertook rescue missions to save the lives of downed United States pilots; and 07 WHEREAS approximately 40,000 Hmong soldiers lost their lives defending 08 democracy, approximately 50,000 Hmong soldiers were seriously injured and disabled, and 09 approximately 3,000 Hmong soldiers were missing in action; and 10 WHEREAS Hmong soldiers died at 10 times the rate of United States soldiers in the 11 Vietnam War; and 12 WHEREAS, because the war effort of the United States in Laos was covert, the 13 accounts of the sacrifices and service of the Hmong soldiers remain largely unknown; and 14 WHEREAS many Hmong soldiers became refugees because the United States 15 government encouraged them to fight for the United States, and, as a result, thousands of 16 family members of Hmong soldiers were evacuated to a United States air base in Thailand to 17 avoid bloody vengeance by the communists in Laos and Vietnam; and 18 WHEREAS, after the conclusion of the Vietnam War, thousands of Hmong soldiers 19 suffered acts of retribution and atrocities by the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese, causing 20 hundreds of thousands of Hmong refugees to flee to neighboring Thailand; and 21 WHEREAS approximately 50,000 Hmong veterans reside in the United States, and 22 150,000 Hmong and Laotian-born children have graduated from schools in this country; and 23 WHEREAS the Hmong warriors were promised that they would be treated just like 24 other United States veterans; and 25 WHEREAS Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced in the United States Senate a bill 26 relating to the burial of Hmong veterans; and 27 WHEREAS, on March 23, 2018, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 28 2018 (P.L. 115-141, 132 Stat. 348), the United States Congress passed the Hmong Veterans' 29 Service Recognition Act (P.L. 115-141, sec. 251, 132 Stat. 348), which allows some Hmong 30 and Laotian veterans to be buried at United States military cemeteries, but does not include 31 burial at Arlington National Cemetery;
01 BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives encourages the United States 02 Congress to pass legislation granting the Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War full military 03 burial rights, including burial at Arlington National Cemetery. 04 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President 05 of the United States; the Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States and 06 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Robert Wilkie, acting United States Secretary of 07 Veterans Affairs; the Honorable Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; 08 the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy 09 Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Charles E. 10 Schumer, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the 11 Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 12 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 115th United 13 States Congress.