Mon, Oct 17, 2005 - Page 9 News List

Vietnamese Americans repay the US with military service

By Richard Halloran

Huynh's father was a doctor and a paratrooper in the South Vietnamese Army who passed the medical exam in Virginia to resume his practice. She graduated from the University of Virginia's medical school where she met and married her husband, Thanh Quoc Hyunh, a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute who also fled Vietnam in a boat. They have three sons.

In recent years, Huynh has been back to Vietnam twice on international medical missions and once on a personal visit with her parents. While it was good to keep in touch with her roots, she said she was saddened by Vietnam's poverty, particularly of the children.

"We have so much here in the US," she said. "When I see the children in Vietnam, I think how lucky we are. Those could have been my children."

Richard Halloran is a writer based in Hawaii.

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