To: All Royal Lao Veterans, members of U.S Special Guerrilla Units who saw action in Laos from 1954-1975, members and friends of the families of the Royal Lao Veterans:
As we celebrate 40 years in the United States as refugees, we wish to honor the fact that the Royal Lao Veterans (RLV) were supporters, defenders and participants of the United States Armed Forces (U.S.A.F.) during the Secret War with-in the Vietnam War.
Our goal is to be affirmed and recognized for the role we played as part of the U.S.A.F. Being affirmed and recognized means validation in the sacrifices in the roles we played for the U.S. Government and the U.S. Armed forces before we can request health benefits.
On July 24, 2014, the United States Senate passed the Senate Resolution 462 (S. Res.), which Senator Rubio from Florida sponsored and introduced in May 2014: S.Res.462 - A resolution recognizing the Khmer and Lao/Hmong Freedom Fighters of Cambodia and Laos for supporting and defending the United States Armed Forces during the conflict in Southeast Asia. https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-resolution/462
- Res. 462 became House Resolution 210 (H. Res. 210) on the U.S. House of Representatives and has been languishing there since then.The title of H.Res. 210 is “Affirming and recognizing the Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, and Montagnard Freedom Fighters and the people of Cambodia and Laos for their support and defense of the United States Armed Forces and freedom in Southeast Asia.” The full text can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/210 or on www.lana-usa.org/royallaoveterans
We know that a minimum of 60 percent of Laotian American refugees who settled in the United States came with at least one parent who was connected to the Royal Lao Veterans and the U.S. armed Forces. Now 40 years plus, in the United States, we believe it is time to be acknowledged, affirmed and recognized for the sacrifices we made alongside the U.S.A.F.
We, the Royal Lao Veterans, with support from the Laotian American National Alliance, from former members of the Central Intelligence Agency and former U.S. Military Advisers who served in Laos during the Secret War during the Vietnam War, are requesting support from our children, our grandchildren, our extended family members, our friends within the Laotian American communities, the Asian American communities and the greater American community. This support means taking action. This support means writing and/or calling your local representative to support and to pass H. Res. 210. In order for this resolution to pass, we need the support of our district congressional representatives. This resolution was submitted by Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin through the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The following is a possible plan of action:
- Local fundraisers to help print letters, envelopes and stamps.
- Plan a mail date from different areas of the United States to the 12% of members of House of Representatives who are in reelection year in 2018. (PLEASE SEND THANK YOU NOTES TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT)
- Plan a mail date all 485 members of the House of Representative (PLEASE SEND THANK YOU NOTES TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT)
- Plan a call in date, within 2 weeks, to follow up with 40 people (approximately 13 members of congress per person) to call each from different areas of the United States to members of the House of Representatives. (PLEASE CALL THANK YOU NOTES TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT)
- Plan a second mail date in January 2017 to all 485 members of Congress. 88% are potentially new members of the House of Representative after November 2016 election. (PLEASE SEND THANK YOU NOTES TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT)
The following is available on http://www.lana-usa.org/royallaoveterans/documents/:
- sample conversations and sample letters to choose from, to be used as templates to contact the representatives.
- H.Res. 210 text to include in your packet to mail to the representative
- Khao Insixiengmay’s story
- List of historical resources about Laos and the Secret War
Steps to find your representative:
- To find your Congressman please go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
- Please enter your five digit zip code plus four numbers.
Steps to connect with your representative by telephone:
- Please be ready to spell your name, your address and your telephone number and email address.
- State that you request his/her support for House Resolution 210.
- State your connection to the Royal Lao Veterans.
A sample letter are available here.
Steps to connect with your representative by mail:
- please go to www.lana-usa.org
- there are 3 different letters requesting support for House Resolution 210.
- Please pick one that you like best, or write your own.
- Please print it out. Please mail it with a returned address to your congressmen of choice.
Please send an email to email@example.com that you have written and sent your letters with the names of the congressmen the letters were sent to.
We are having difficulties being recognized by the members of the House of representatives. Currently, we have only 39 cosponsors out of 435, 13 of which are members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. We need as many congressmen as possible to co-sponsor H. Res. 210. We especially need support from the following members of the Foreign Affairs Committee members and from your local representatives.
The following list contains the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee to contact:
Chairman Ed Royce, CA-39
Orange County - 210 W. Birch Street, Suite 201, Brea, CA 92821
Tel: (714) 255-0101
Los Angeles County - 1380 S. Fullerton Road, Suite 205, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Tel: (626) 964-5123
Washington, DC - 2310 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-4111
Congressman Ed Royce is a Republican from California representing the 39th district.
He is up for re-election this November 2016.
He has been in the US congress for 23 years.
The 39th district includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino County and includes Fullerton, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda heights and Rowland Heights.
Congressman Eliot Engel, NY-16
3655 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463
Tel: (718) 796-9700
177 Dreiser Loop, Room 3, Bronx, NY 10475
Tel: (718) 320-2314
6 Gramatan Avenue, Suite 205, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Tel: (914) 699-4100
2462 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-2464
Congressmen Eliot Engel is a Democrat from New York representing the 16th district.
The 16th district includes the Northern Bronx, the Southern half of Westchester County, including Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Rye.
He is up for reelection this November 2016.
He has been in the US congress for 27 years.
Matt Salmon, AZ-5
207 N Gilbert Rd, Suite 209, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Tel: (480) 699-8239
2349 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Matt Salmon is a Republican from Arizona representing the 5th district.
The 5th district includes Gilbert, Queen Creek, Southern Chandler, Eastern Chandler, Eastern Mesa , Eastern Maricopa and Western Pinal counties.
He has been in congress 3 years.
He is retiring at the end of this term.
Brad Sherman, CA-30
5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 420, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Tel: (818) 501-9200
2242 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-5911
Congressman Brad Sherman is a Democrat from California representing the 30th district.
The 30th district includes Bell Canyon, Canoga Park, Hidden Hills, Santa Susanna Field Laboratory, Los Angeles Chatsworth, Los Angeles Encino, Los Angeles Granada Hills, Los Angeles Reseda, Los Angeles Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles Studio City, Los Angeles Tarzana, Los Angeles Toluca Lake, Los Angeles West Hills, Los Angeles Winnetka, Los Angeles Woodland Hills.
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