Legislature(2013 - 2014)BUTROVICH 205

03/28/2013 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS


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               HCR 4-HMONG-AMERICAN VETERANS DAY                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:50:41 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced that the next order of business would be                                                                  
HCR 4.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE LEDOUX, sponsor of HCR 4, introduced                                                                   
the bill. She read from the following sponsor statement:                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     House Concurrent Resolution 4 would recognize and                                                                          
     honor Hmong veterans who fought in support of United                                                                       
     States military operations in the Kingdom of Laos                                                                          
     between February 28, 1961, and May 15, 1975, by                                                                            
     proclaiming May 15 to be Hmong-American Veterans                                                                           
     Memorial Day.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Hmong were called "dammed good fighters" by the CIA.                                                                       
     They fought bravely in what was called the U.S.                                                                            
     "Secret War" in Laos against some of the toughest                                                                          
     North Vietnamese and Lao troops for 13 years and                                                                           
     suffered casualty rates five times higher than the                                                                         
     rate experienced by U.S. Soldiers.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The most conservative estimated numbers during the                                                                         
     U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War are 35,000 -                                                                           
     40,000 brave young Hmong killed in combat; 50,000 -                                                                        
     58,000 wounded; and 3,000 missing in action. After the                                                                     
     U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia, thousands more                                                                        
     Hmong were killed during genocide carried out by                                                                           
     communist forces during the Hmong attempt to flee to                                                                       
     neighboring Thailand.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The most recent numbers set the U.S. Hmong population                                                                      
     between 200,000 - 300,000, with the Alaska population                                                                      
     at almost 4,700 and rising. Many Hmong have immigrated                                                                     
     here following the Vietnam conflict after persecution                                                                      
     for supporting the U.S.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The "Secret War" is no longer a secret and recognition                                                                     
     of these brave fighting men is long overdue. That is                                                                       
     why I urge the passage of HCR 4 and by doing so                                                                            
     commemorating the service of these forgotten warriors.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DIRK  MOFFAT, Staff,  Representative Gabrielle  LeDoux, testified                                                               
on  HCR 4.  He noted  that members  of the  Hmong community  were                                                               
available to answer questions.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:54:13 AM                                                                                                                    
CHARLIE MOUA,  President, Special Guerilla Unit  (SGU) - Veterans                                                               
and Family of  USA - California, testified in favor  of HCR 4. He                                                               
said  there  were  chapters  of  SGU  in  California,  Minnesota,                                                               
Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio,  and Kentucky. He related  that he was                                                               
a former  United States liaison  official in Laos. He  shared his                                                               
military history and work with  the United States Special Forces.                                                               
He gave his  reasons for wanting to serve with  the United States                                                               
to  fight  against  the  Communists in  Laos.  He  described  the                                                               
duration  of  the  SGU  forces  under  five  presidents  and  the                                                               
organization  of the  SGU  forces in  Laos  during difficult  and                                                               
dangerous times.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON voiced  appreciation for the historic  and brave role                                                               
the Hmong  people played in  Southeast Asia.  He said that  HCR 4                                                               
would set  aside a time  to recognize  the Hmong veterans  and to                                                               
inform the public about their heroic role and suffering.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:02:47 AM                                                                                                                   
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:03:05 AM                                                                                                                   
ARTHUR YANG, Advisor, Special Guerrilla  Unit Veterans and Family                                                               
of USA - Alaska, testified in support of HCR 4.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PASERT  LEE,  President,  Hmong Alaska  Community,  testified  in                                                               
favor of HCR  4. He thanked the bill sponsor  for introducing the                                                               
bill. He noted  that seven people gathered to  testify in support                                                               
of HCR 4.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON said many Hmong are  moving into Eagle River area. He                                                               
said he  would like to meet  with those testifying some  time. He                                                               
said he has always felt that  when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam                                                               
in  the 1970's,  the Hmong  were abandoned  and betrayed  in some                                                               
way.  He wondered,  if that  is true,  how the  Hmong people  got                                                               
beyond  the anger  and  resentment  and decided  to  move to  the                                                               
country that betrayed them.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. YANG explained that they had  to leave Laos so they would not                                                               
be executed.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON  thanked Mr. Yang  for choosing  the U.S. He  said he                                                               
wished to meet with the Hmong community.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:06:16 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report  HCR 4, labeled 28-LS0504\U, from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal note.  There being no  objection, HCR 4 was  reported from                                                               
the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 73 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 CRA CS.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 CS Changes.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 Fiscal Note-1-2-032713-CED-N.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 Dayton Letter.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 KTVA Article.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 2012ElectionResultsOFFICIAL.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
SB 73 BR_Final_3-17-12.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 73
HCR 4 - Sponsor Statement - Hmong Veterans Day.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 Ver U - Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Docment 1 Hmong Research Report.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Docment 2 Article - Facts And Details - Hmong and the Vietnam War.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Docment 3 Article - Minnesota’s Hmong veterans seek recognition.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Docment 4 Article - Why Are the Hmong in America.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Docment 5 Article - Lao Veterans of America.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Docment 6 Article - Laos Secret War.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Supporting Document 7 - Majority Press Release for Rep. LeDoux.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Letter of Support 1 - SGUVFD of USA - National President.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Letter of Support 2 - Steven Yang (SGU) Charter in Alaska.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Letter of Support 3 - Arthur Yang (SGU) Charter in Alaska.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
HCR 4 - Witness List - Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
HCR 4
SB 45 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 45
SB 45 Version A.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 45
SB 45 - Fiscal Note DOA-DMV-2-23-13.pdf SSTA 3/28/2013 9:00:00 AM
SB 45