I’ve been so fortunate. The day my family fled Saigon, I left a piece of myself behind.
There, amongst the jungle; within the walls of my parent’s salt manufacturing plant, remains the silent memory of a 10-year-old girl singing and twirling around the day before the helicopters came.
During the 8,171-mile journey to the US, we faced danger, weather, and sickness. Although I almost died in a refugee camp in Thailand, I still recall the comfort I felt from the hospitality of those who helped us, especially the kind people in the Philippines.
My husband, Micky, is also from Vietnam and my partner in life and work. We eat comfortably. We live in a house with a roof and where we control the temperature with the adjustment of a button. I do not fear being whisked away in floodwaters when it rains. I have shelter, safety, and a healthy family.
This is the root of why giving back resonates with us. I’m thankful that World Financial Group has equipped us with a system that once applied with my hard work and perseverance, has given us 20 offices and over 500 associates.
I wish I could go back and personally thank those who helped us on our 9-month course to California. The details of their faces have slowly faded from my memory, but I remember them. Some, I’m sure, have passed on, but silently my heart still thanks them. I’ll continue to honor them by passing on my blessings to others who are not as fortunate as I have been. I think they would like that.
I’m proud to support Montero Medical Missions, and hope that you’ll join me in this spirit of philanthropy, all over the world and here in the US serving our veterans. Without them, we couldn’t celebrate my adopted country in the same manner.