HJR 16: Encouraging the United States Congress to pass legislation granting the Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War access to the same veteran benefits received by United States veterans.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 16 01 Encouraging the United States Congress to pass legislation granting the Hmong veterans 02 of the Vietnam War access to the same veteran benefits received by United States 03 veterans. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS, beginning in 1960, the United States Central Intelligence Agency 06 recruited thousands of Hmong people to fight against the Communist Pathet Lao and North 07 Vietnamese Army regulars in Laos; and 08 WHEREAS, in July 1961, Brigadier General Edward G. Lansdale wrote in a memo to 09 General Maxwell D. Taylor that about 9,000 Hmong tribesmen had been equipped for guerilla 10 operations and these operations were being conducted with considerable effectiveness in 11 Communist-dominated territory in Laos; and 12 WHEREAS as many as 100,000 Hmong soldiers were recruited and trained as 13 Special Guerrilla Units to engage the North Vietnamese Army; and 14 WHEREAS the United States relied heavily on the Hmong Special Guerrilla Units, 15 although outnumbered by enemy forces, to intercept and prevent the flow of troops and war
01 supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail; and 02 WHEREAS the Hmong soldiers conducted tactical guerrilla actions, flew thousands 03 of deadly combat missions in support of the United States Armed Forces and the Central 04 Intelligence Agency, and fought in conventional and guerilla combat with an extremely high 05 number of casualties; and 06 WHEREAS the Hmong soldiers protected United States personnel, guarded United 07 States Air Force radar installations, gathered critical intelligence about enemy operations, and 08 undertook rescue missions to save the lives of downed United States pilots; and 09 WHEREAS approximately 40,000 Hmong soldiers lost their lives defending 10 democracy, approximately 50,000 Hmong soldiers were seriously injured and disabled, and 11 approximately 3,000 Hmong soldiers were missing in action; and 12 WHEREAS Hmong soldiers died at 10 times the rate of United States soldiers in the 13 Vietnam War; and 14 WHEREAS, because the war effort of the United States in Laos was covert, the 15 accounts of the sacrifices and service of the Hmong soldiers remain largely unknown; and 16 WHEREAS many Hmong soldiers became refugees because the United States 17 government encouraged them to fight for the United States, and, as a result, thousands of 18 family members of Hmong soldiers were evacuated to a United States air base in Thailand to 19 avoid bloody vengeance by the communists in Laos and Vietnam; and 20 WHEREAS, after the conclusion of the Vietnam War, thousands of Hmong soldiers 21 suffered acts of retribution and atrocities by the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese, causing 22 hundreds of thousands of Hmong refugees to flee to neighboring Thailand; and 23 WHEREAS approximately 50,000 Hmong veterans reside in the United States, and 24 150,000 Hmong and Laotian-born children have graduated from schools in this country; and 25 WHEREAS the Hmong warriors were promised that they would be treated just like 26 other United States veterans; 27 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages the United States 28 Congress to pass legislation granting the Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War full access to 29 the same veteran benefits received by United States veterans. 30 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President 31 of the United States; the Honorable Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States and
01 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Denis McDonough, United States Secretary of 02 Veterans Affairs; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; 03 the Honorable Charles Schumer, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Kevin 04 McCarthy, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Mitch 05 McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the 06 Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 07 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 117th United 08 States Congress.