Minnesota is home to a large number of Lao and Hmong warriors. In their homeland, they were recruited and trained by the CIA as part of its secret war and resettled in Minnesota after the war. Despite being credited with aiding the US, they are still pushing for recognition and veterans benefits
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Veterans’ Voices Untold Stories: Stephen Rocheford #7
December 2012, Stephen Rocheford asked a senior officer if the army would advertise for LGBTQ recruits in his magazine Lavender. The Army gave it a pass. But some years later, the Minnesota National Guard did. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Richard Ekholm served aboard an aircraft carrier that housed 5,300 Navy and Marines. This was during the Vietnam War, when service members were counseled not to wear uniforms on leave because of anti-war sentiments. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
When Dennis Krivinchuk returned from Vietnam, he didn’t talk about his service. Vets were being labeled baby killers. Having a daughter changed his life and put him on the path to healing. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
After she was discharged from the Air Force for being gay, Cindy Strange decided to go on with her life. Then the military repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In 2012, she returned to the military as an officer. Here’s Britt Aamodt.