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Lawmakers Back Bill Allowing Hmong Vets Burial in Nat'l Cemeteries


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Several Wisconsin Congress members are getting behind a proposal to allow Hmong veterans to be buried in national cemeteries.

Many Hmong soldiers who ran covert operations to help U.S. troops during the Vietnam conflict moved to the U.S. after the war. Several Wisconsin Congress members say the time is right to recognize these veterans for their service.

Congressman Ron Kind is one of the co-sponsors of the bill that would allow Hmong vets to be buried in national cemeteries alongside fellow U.S. soldiers.Wisconsin Democratic Congress members Tammy Baldwin, Steve Kagen, and Republican Tom Petri are co-sponsoring the bill.

Wisconsin has the third largest population of Hmong in the U.S. An estimated 7,000 Hmong who live in the U.S. are believed to have served in the Vietnam War.