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Hmong vets suffer setback in quest for burial at U.S. cemeteries
Hmong vets suffer setback in quest for burial at U.S. cemeteries

WASHINGTON — For years, they have sought to heal what they call a lingering wound from the Vietnam War era. Hmong veterans — who fought in the CIA-backed secret war in Laos in the 1960s and '70s — have tried to obtain the right to be buried in U.S. veterans cemeteries. Such burials, they say, would be the appropriate way to recognize their wartime service. But just when it appeared that former Hmong fighters might get their wish, election-year politics dealt them a setback. A veterans bill that would have advanced their cause was derailed in the Senate on Thursday in a partisan fight over unrelated issues. “Oh, no!’’ said Philip Smith,...

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