Ngoc Truong was a four-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, but when he succumbed to leukemia at the young age of 22, the government denied his mother entrance into the United States to bury her son, according to his father.
Truong's father, who owns a jewelry store in Blytheville, said Truong's Vietnam-born mother applied for a visa twice but was denied both times.
She ended up missing the funeral.
The elder Truong has received no explanation as to why the visa was turned down, lamenting the situation with a take on one of his son's favorite John F. Kennedy quotes:
"He's already done for this country, but what has this country done for him? What did this country do for him?" Truong asked.
"Visa records are confidential under U.S. law. We are unable to discuss specific visa cases," a State Department official emailed WREG.