- Posted November 30, 2010 by
San Jose, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Larry King Live: Your questions
Dear Larry King,
First of all, let me introduce my self to you, sir. I'm a refugee from Cambodia. I was born on May 3, 1968 in Battambong province, Cambodia. I have three brothers and a sister. My father was a captain in the Cambodian paratrooper that fought along the U.S Spcial Forces ( Mikes' Forces) My father was murdered by the Khmer in 1979. My I was separated from my family since 1979 and don't know their whereabout.
I had lived in Thailand refugee camp that supported by the U.N.H.C.R from 1979 to 1983. In 1983 , I came to the United States of America. I became the U.S citizen in 2005 and joined the U.S army. I graduated Ft. Benning, GA bootcamp in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq in the same year. The first OIF tour last 13 months. I came back and was deployed to Iraq again in 2008, but was pulled back due to extra men power. In 2009, I was deployed again to Iraq again for 10 months.
My platoon sergeant asked me, "Why I left Cambodia" and I told him that I hate war. Then my platoon sergeant told me that: well, too bad, you're in the war zone now.
Now I'm trying to bring my wife of two years from Cambodia to be with me in the United States of America, but the U.S consular denied my wife's visa because the consular officer believed that our marriage is a sham. Life.....
Love of country,
Spc. Svay, Rith