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ACR-112 Korean American veterans of the Vietnam conflict.(2017-2018)

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Revised  July 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 112


Introduced by Assembly Member Choi
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Quirk-Silva and Voepel)

July 12, 2017


Relative to Korean American veterans of the Vietnam conflict.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 112, as introduced, Choi. Korean American veterans of the Vietnam conflict.
This measure would commend Korean American veterans of the Vietnam conflict for their service to the United States.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Korean veterans of the Vietnam conflict served honorably throughout the conflict, fighting courageously alongside the United States Armed Forces and often making the ultimate sacrifice, with many later becoming United States citizens; and
WHEREAS, The United States holds as its highest ideals freedom, democracy, and self-determination; and
WHEREAS, During the Vietnam conflict, more than 3 million members of the United States Armed Forces fought bravely to preserve and defend these ideals, with some troops still missing in action; and
WHEREAS, Not less than 58,193 members of the United States Armed Forces were killed, more than 300,000 were wounded, and 2,000 are still missing in action; and
WHEREAS, Soldiers from the Republic of Korea were sent to the Vietnam conflict to support the United States Armed Forces and the cause of freedom at the request of the United States; and
WHEREAS, From 1964 until the last soldier left Saigon on March 23, 1973, 325,517 Korean soldiers served in Vietnam, making Korean soldiers the second largest contingent of troops sent by allies of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Korean troops fought bravely throughout the theater and were known for their dedication, tenacity, and effectiveness on the battlefield; and
WHEREAS, During the conflict, 5,099 Korean soldiers were killed and 10,962 were injured, many in defense of American friends and allies; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that thousands of Korean veterans of the Vietnam conflict currently reside in the United States and that most of them have become American citizens; and
WHEREAS, California has the most populous Korean diaspora in the world, with over 452,000 people of Korean descent; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that 20 percent of Korean veterans of the Vietnam conflict suffer from significant injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, total disability, and the effects of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange; and
WHEREAS, Korean American veterans of the Vietnam conflict upheld the highest ideals of the United States through their dedicated service and considerable sacrifices, with many continuing to carry the visible and invisible wounds of war to this day; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature commends Korean American veterans of the Vietnam conflict for their service to the United States; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the American Legion Chinatown Post 628 and to the author for appropriate distribution.
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