12.01.14

Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Recognizing the Bravery of the Montagnard People in the Vietnam War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing the heroic acts of the Montagnards, an indigenous tribespeople of Vietnam. This resolution is a historic first in the Senate, which has not previously honored these brave individuals who fought alongside the United States military during the Vietnam War.

"I am honored to put forward this resolution to thank and remember the Montagnards who joined us in Vietnam and saved thousands of lives with their heroic actions," said Senator Burr. "North Carolina is now home to many Montagnards and our state is made better by their presence. I hope my colleagues will swiftly pass this resolution."

More than 60,000 Montagnards assisted U.S. troops as interpreters, scouts, and soldiers during the war. After the Vietnam War, the U.S. resettled thousands of Montagnards as refugees to escape persecution from the Vietnamese government. Currently, the largest population of Montagnards outside of Vietnam resides in North Carolina, but Montagnards also resettled in other states, including in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington.

This resolution also condemns the Government of Vietnam for its ongoing and reported violations of the Montagnards' basic human rights, including the freedom to practice their faith without fear of persecution.

You can read the text of this resolution here.