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Navy Veteran's Mom Denied Visa to Attend His Funeral

Navy Veteran's Mom Denied Visa to Attend His Funeral
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By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:30 AM

A Navy veteran's mom was denied a visa twice to enter the country to attend her son's funeral in Arkansas over the holidays, CBS News reported.

Ngoc Truong, 22, died of leukemia on Dec. 17, just weeks after leaving the Navy from a four-year service.

His father, Hung Truong, was made funeral arrangements while his divorced mother, who lives in Vietnam, desperately attempted to get her visa so that she could attend the burial, The Daily Mail said.

Her requests were denied twice and Ngoc Truong was laid to rest on Dec. 26 while his mother was left to mourn in her country.

The U.S. State Department hasn't said why it rejected the grieving mother's visa applications.

"Since visa records are confidential under the Immigration and Nationality Act, we are not able to discuss specific visa cases," a State Department spokesman said, according to The New York Daily News.

The department further noted that each visa application was considered individually and adjusted according to U.S. immigration law.

The vague statement has left Hung Truong "fuming mad," WREG-TV reported.

"He's [Ngoc Truong] already done for this country, but what has this country done for him? What did this country do for him?" Hung Truong said.

Ngoc Truong enlisted in the U.S. navy after graduating in 2013, and served on the USS John S. McCain out at sea.

An obituary described him as "a very talented artist" who "served his country with honor," noting that he even designed the flag currently flying on the USS BARRY, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

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