Navy veteran's mother denied visa to attend his funeral

Ngoc Truong served aboard the USS John McCain.


By ELIZABETH ELIZALDE | New York Daily News (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 17, 2018

A Navy veteran's mother missed his funeral in the U.S. because she was denied a visa twice to enter the country.

Ngoc Truong, a four-year Navy veteran who served aboard the USS John McCain, died from leukemia on Dec. 17 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 22.

Hung Truong, Ngoc's father, told WREG-TV that his Vietnamese-born ex-wife applied for a visa twice but her requests were denied. She then missed their son's funeral in Arkansas.

"That's what made me fuming mad," Truong, who owns a jewelry store in Arkansas, said. "Fuming. Why?"

Ngoc left the Navy in October but died shortly after doctors diagnosed him with leukemia.

The State Department hasn't said why it rejected the woman's visa requests. A State Department official told WREG-TV that visa records are confidential under U.S. law.

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