… in Laos wouldn’t have died by 1975. Regardless, we can’t change the past now. What’s done is done. The only thing left to do is to make sure my dad’s legacy lives on, that the stories of these boy soldiers are told, and to move forward to ensure that another group of minorities aren’t manipulated and used for a war that wasn’t of their own making.
You have such a beautiful, articulate, and engaging writing style. This is such a beautifully written historical account, I hung on every word.
It pulls on my heart that you, your dad, and your family had to go through such difficult and dark times for a decision long ago, that was made by others...
Through your story I've learned about the Secret war, about what happened to the kids from that war, about the hardships that was passed on to a generation that was not involved in that particular war, about the ignorant and dismissive treatment back in the US.
Please do keep telling this story. We now all have the power for that "American to see."