Chu Lai, Nui Thanh, Vietnam - Tran Cong Phuong, 67

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Chu Lai, Nui Thanh, VN -- Today I visited Tran Cong Phuong, 67 years old, former ARVN paratrooper. I met him in 1989 when I first returned to visit my family after 15 years in the US. I stay in touch with Phuong ever since. He is among tens of thousands beneficiaries of VNAH humanitarian program. 
Phuong is working full time at a local handicrafts affiliated with a Japanese company to produce ropes and figurines using green rice straws and bamboo for traditional rituals and ceremony in Japan.