PASSED: Rep. Gomez Amendment to Honor Korean and Korean-American Veterans of the Vietnam War
Washington, September 23, 2021 | James Kwon
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Jimmy Gomez’s (CA-34) bipartisan resolution honoring the contributions of Korean and Korean American veterans who served in the Vietnam War as an amendment to the House version of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Young Kim (CA-39), Grace Meng (NY-06), Michelle Steel (CA-48), and Judy Chu (CA-27) joined Rep. Gomez as original cosponsors of the amendment.
“The bravery, sacrifice and strength of Korean and Korean-American veterans of the Vietnam War cannot be overstated, and our nation owes them the recognition they deserve,” said Congressman Gomez. “As the congressional representative of the largest Korean American community in the nation, I take great pride in the passage of my amendment which honors those who valiantly served throughout the Vietnam War, both in and alongside the United States Armed Forces.”
“I am pleased to see the House pass our bipartisan resolution, in conjunction with the FY22 NDAA, to recognize the distinguished Korean and Korean-American veterans that served during the Vietnam War,” said Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01). “Korean and Korean-American troops fought honorably alongside United States Armed Forces and allies to preserve and defend democratic principles. We will never forget the contributions and sacrifices made by these courageous heroes.”
“Freedom is not free. Each of our U.S. veterans who bravely served overseas in the Vietnam War knows this well and stands as a reminder of our nation’s commitment to freedom and democracy,” said Congresswoman Young Kim (CA-39), one of the first Korean American women to serve in Congress. “As an immigrant from South Korea, a wife and sister of U.S. veterans, and now a representative of a vibrant Korean American community that includes many Korean American Vietnam War veterans in Congress, I’m proud to have helped introduce this bipartisan initiative to ensure these heroes finally receive the recognition they deserve.”
“The entire Korean American community of Greater Los Angeles applauds Congressman Gomez for introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that honors Korean American veterans of the Vietnam War,” said James An, President of the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles. “We are grateful for Rep. Gomez and all the representatives for recognizing the sacrifices of our patriotic citizens who fought alongside and in defense of the United States Armed Forces.”
"On behalf of Korean Vietnam veterans, I would like to thank Representatives Jimmy Gomez, Brian Fitzpatrick, Young Kim, Grace Meng, Michelle Steel, and Judy Chu for introducing an amendment that provides national recognition to Koreans who served in the Vietnam War,” said Alfred K. Chung, Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee, Korean-American Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America. “We are forever grateful for their service and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
A copy of the amendment can be found HERE.
In 2018, Rep. Gomez first introduced a House resolution, H.Res 1150, commemorating the service of Korean and Korean-American veterans during the Vietnam War.
Gomez is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 234, Korean American VALOR Act, which grants Korean American veterans of the Vietnam War access to health care and medical services through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
###Congressman Jimmy Gomez represents the 34th Congressional District of California, which includes Los Angeles’s Koreatown, the largest Korean American population in the country.