Relatives and supporters of Gen. Vang Pao said Tuesday they have appealed a decision denying a request to allow the Hmong leader to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
“The least the U.S. government can do is acknowledge what my father did for this country,” said Chi Neng Vang, one of the general’s sons.
An official appeal has been sent to the White House, relatives and supporters said. They realized an appeal could take a while, and said they would wait a month or more for a decision on their appeal. If it is denied, Vang will be buried in Forest Lawn, in the Southern California city of Glendale.
For about 15 years during the Vietnam War, Vang led Hmong troops alongside CIA officers and U.S. Special Forces and was widely praised by the Americans who served with him. But he lacked the direct U.S. military service typically required for burial at Arlington.
Sia Lo, a family spokesman, said: “By granting the general a burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the United States will be honoring the sacrifices made by the general and the Hmong people. America will show it values its allies.”
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