Veterans' Issues:


"The Lao and Hmong Veterans' Burial Honor Bill" S. 200, has been introduced in 2013 in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and others. 

U.S. Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) originally introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives in previous sessions of Congress.  In 2012, the bill enjoyed the bipartisan support and co-sponsorship of some 32 Members of the U.S. Congress.

The pending legislation, if enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President, would grant burial honors, and benefits, to some 9,700 surviving Lao and Hmong-American veterans of the "U.S. Secret Army" in Laos. 

Lao- and Hmong-American veterans would be given burial honors at national veterans cemeteries across the United States administered by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.



U.S. Senate & House Testimony Before Veterans' Affairs Committees:




U.S. Senate Testimony (March 2017)

Lao Veterans Stmt FTR 3.22.2017 - Senate Committee on Veterans ...

https://www.veterans.senate.gov/download/lao-veterans... Proxy Highlight

Hearing On Legislative Presentations of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (SVAC). Wednesday, March 22, 2017.


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U.S. Senate Testimony (March 2015)


U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Hearing On Legislative ...

https://www.veterans.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Lao%20V...

Testimony of Philip Smith, Washington, D.C. Director & Liaison. Lao Veterans of America, Inc. &. Executive Director, Center for Public Policy Analysis. ---------------- -. We sincerely wish to thank Chairman Johnny Isakson, Vice Chairman Richard Blumenthal, and each and every one of the Committee Members of the U.S. ...
Joint Hearing On Legislative Presentations of Veterans Service ...


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U.S. Senate & U.S. House Testimony (May 2015)

https://www.veterans.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Lao%20V...

May 20, 2015 ... Testimony of Philip Smith,. Washington, D.C. Director & National Liaison. Lao Veterans of America, Inc. -----------------. Today, we sincerely wish to thank
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U.S. Senate Testimony (May 2013)

The Lao & Hmong Veteran - Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
https://www.veterans.senate.gov/.../hmong-veterans-letter-for-the-record06122013

Hearing On Pending Benefits Legislation. &. S. 200 “The Lao & Hmong Veterans Burial Honors Bill”. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 10:00 A.M.. Russell Senate Office Building, SR-418. --. Testimony of Philip Smith, Washington, D.C. Director & Liaison. Lao Veterans of America, Inc. &. Executive Director, Center for Public Policy ...

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U.S.-Laos, Hmong Policy Events
May 25, 2012

National ceremonies and public policy events are being held in Washington, D.C., regarding Laos and Vietnam. The U.S. Congressional Forum on Laos and Vietnam continues on Capitol Hill following earlier...
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