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Celebrating with a Lao Call to Action this Veteran's Day

This morning, it was very cold. The temperature was at about 22 degree F. Five Lao veterans attended the Veterans Day at the Vietnam Memorial in front of the State Capitol. I was among the attendees. I had a chance to talk about the war in Laos by expressing my thanks and I urged my fellow Brothers in Arms to do whatever they can so we will be treated as U.S. veterans. -Khao Insixiengmay While there’s much to celebrate this year in veterans affairs for the Southeast Asian community, particularly the Hmong and Lao in Minnesota, there’s much more we as Southeast Asian communities can do to work together better. The Hmong and Lao helped drive the state legislature to pass the MN Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial bill in May 2014 (sponsored by Sen. Foung Hawj and Rep. John Lesch). This weekend, to further push for recognition and acknowledgement of Southeast Asians, the Coalition of Southeast Asian Veterans (CoSAV) based in St. Paul, Minnesota; is trying to push for the passage of resolution H. Res. 596, which states …

Our veterans, our stories: Veterans Voices Month

Minnesota has led the way on many issues, one  of the most recent being the designation of October as Veterans’ Voices Month to honor those who served in the military. This effort involved institutions such as the Minnesota Humanities Center and the veterans in many of Minnesota’s  communities. Representative Jerry Newton (D-District 37A), and Representative Bob Dettmer (R-District 39A) wrote the bill in the House, while Senator John A. Hoffman was the Senate sponsor of this legislation. As the Minnesota Humanities Center noted,  “The Veterans’ Voices Month legislation passed by unanimous vote in both Houses.” Governor Dayton signed the bill into law and Minnesota became the first state in the country to designate an entire month  for Veterans. David O’Fallon, President of the Minnesota Humanities Center, said in a statement “This is unprecedented. Veterans’ Voices Month not only honors our Veterans, but builds a stronger understanding of their commitment to our country and communities.”   For the Lao Minnesotan veterans this should be a time of celebration as we also see the community moving forward with establishing a monument on …