Hung Truong, the father of four-year Navy veteran Ngoc Hoan Truong, is infuriated with the United States government’s decision not to approve his Vietnam-born ex-wife’s visa to attend their son’s funeral.
Truong’s mother tried to apply for a U.S. visa twice, but was denied both times, according to his father, who owns a jewelry store in Blytheville, Arkansas, WREG reported.
Unfortunately, she ended up missing the funeral of her own son, who died of leukemia at the age of 22 on Dec. 17 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Hung expressed his frustration to the government for the way they handled his ex-wife’s visa requests.
“That’s what made me fuming mad. Fuming. Why?” he asked.
“He’s already done for this country, but what has this country done for him? What did this country do for him?” Hung added, questioning the government.
One of Truong’s favorite quotes from one of his favorite presidents said, “Don’t ask what your country did for you, but ask what you did for your country.”
Truong, also known as “Tru Gem” by his friends, left the Navy in October to pursue a different career by taking a graphic design course at a school in Florida.
According to his obituary, Ngoc spent four years in the Navy and served on the USS John S. McCain. He was a talented artist, who helped design the flag that is currently flying on the USS BARRY. He was also very musically talented, and played the piano and flute.
It’s still unclear why Truong’s mother’s visa requests were denied, and his father said that the State Department is not cooperating to shed any light on the matter.
“Visa records are confidential under U.S. law. We are unable to discuss specific visa cases,” a State Department official wrote in an email to WREG.