Along the walls of Youa Vang’s Green Bay home hang memories of a life shaped by service in the Vietnam War.
Vang was only 11-years-old when he entered the service along with other Hmong soliders recruited by the CIA to work with American forces.
After the war and suffering several injuries, including losing a leg to a landmine, he moved with his family to Thailand before ultimately making the move to the United States.
Although Vang served for over a decade in Vietnam, he was never officially recognized by the U.S. government because he was not a citizen of the United States at the time.
That didn’t sit right with Dennis Day, a fellow Vietnam Veteran who met Vang through the Aurora at Home Hospice program.
“There was a Hmong solider who was in the area that needed some care and we hit it off immediately,” Day said. “I thought that this individual should be recognized.”
To achieve that recognition, Day contacted Senator Ron Johnson with Vang’s story. Senator Johnson then awarded Vang an official certificate recognizing his service.
“Youa is a prime example of someone who was mortally wounded and continued to serve,” Day said. “I’m very proud of this individual and every time I walk into his house, I salute him.”
Vang’s family were also excited to learn he was finally recieving official recognition.
“I’m pretty sure my dad is really proud and happy right now,” Ver Paborriboon, Vang’s daughter said. “Even though he has a really bad disease, he is really happy.”
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