Long time friend and veteran Charlie Waters received the call Friday saying the committee unanimously voted against burying General Vang Pao at Arlington National Cemetery.
Waters states, "I'm hurting, I'm hurting.. I'm just hurting"
Close to 15 years during the Vietnam War, the General led Hmong troops alongside U.S. Special Forces and was widely praised by Americans. Representative Jim Costa says he's very disappointed at the committee's decision. "We honor all Vietnam soldiers and honor all American soldiers and the Hmong communities that came to this country came here because of their support during that war."
Family members say the General wanted to be buried at Arlington and it’s an even sadder day knowing the request was denied. Family member, Maytia Vang says, "That was his last wishes that he gets recognized for his lifelong contributions to America."
The reasoning behind the decision, we're told is because General Vang Pao will take the place of an American Veteran. Waters adds, "I would give my spot as a veteran, as a Korean combat Veteran I would give my spot to that man."