Commentary: It is a rare honor that a Vietnamese American get the streets to be named after. Viet Dzung, multi-talented entertainer of the Vietnamese diaspora, who suddenly passed away last year, was honored by the California State Legislature with the highway dedication in his memory. State Senator Lou Correa has been a great advocate and friend of the Vietnamese community. Thanks to his help, the bill to honor a Vietnamese icon musician was passed through the legislature.
This morning, Colonel Viet Xuan Luong made history by becoming the first Vietnamese-born to get promoted to Brigadier General of the U.S. military, the world’s most powerful military.
Not too long ago, Vietnamese military men’s competence and aptitude were usually questioned by their Western counterparts like the French colonialists and American allies. The success of Vietnamization of the war was usually questioned by their contemporaries. Army of Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) officers were closely advised by their American advisers, who were usually 2 ranks below their Vietnamese counterparts.
In less than four decades, son of an ARVN officer is promoted to the general rank of American military. This is another testament of the capability of ARVN men.
Brig. Gen. Viet Luong’s family escaped Vietnam when he was 9, shortly before the fall of Saigon. He is the first Vietnamese-American general officer in the U.S. military’s history.
Kim Luong, wife of Brig. Gen. Viet Luong, deputy commanding general for maneuver, places the brigadier general rank on her husband during a promotion ceremony at Cooper Field on Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 6. Luong is the first Vietnamese-born general/ flag officer in the U.S. military. Luong credits his advancement in rank to the Soldiers and noncommissioned officers he has served with throughout the years.
I believe that patient’s appreciation is better than any highest award that can be bestowed on a physician or healthcare provider. The ideals of aspiring physicians are to help and serve the patients.
However, the healthcare system’s demands and regulations continue to be more and more, the care delivery system has become more and more robotic. Doctors and patients are becoming a number for the bureaucrats to rate the care delivery.
Ophthalmology is one of a few specialties that allow great continuity of care like in primary care specialty despite a large volume of patients being seen in one day.