12/06/18  •  Des Moines

From refuge to soldier

Before immigrating to America, he spent some of his youth in a Cambodian child labor camp. Here’s why Staff Sgt. James Suong decided to serve.

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James Suong

James Suong serves as a staff sergeant in the Iowa National Guard’s 671st Troop Command. Before immigrating to America, he spent some of his youth in a Cambodian child labor camp. He joined the Guard in 1996 to protect others from the horrific things he saw there. He lives in Des Moines with his wife, Khem, and has a son and daughter.

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