From: The Honorable Sam Farr
Sent By: morgan.keese@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.J.Res. 94
Date: 5/23/2016

Granting Honorary Citizenship for SSG Laszlo Holovits

I am circulating a resolution to confer honorary U.S. citizenship on Staff Sergeant Laszlo Holovits; a U.S. soldier killed in Vietnam. Rightly or wrongly, the U.S. Army made a promise of citizenship to Staff Sergeant Laszlo Holovits after his tour of duty
in Vietnam.  Tragically, he was killed in Vietnam and his widow was unaware of the two-year rule to file for posthumous citizenship. A full account of his story can be found here:
http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20150710/NEWS/150719973

Current Co-Sponsors: Linda Sanchez, Mike Thompson, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jared Huffman, Anna G. Eshoo, Janice Hahn, Adam Schiff, Xavier Bacerra, Judy Chu, Brad Sherman, Zoe Lofgren, Jim McDermott

Fact Sheet:

  • Laszlo Holovits immigrated to the US in 1958 as a Hungarian refugee after publicly protesting the communist regime in Hungary.
  • Holovits immediately tried to enlist in the U.S. Army but was not yet a Legal Permanent Resident and was ineligible to serve in the U.S. military
  • Several years after the war begin, DOD begin accepting non-citizens and Holovits willingly signed up for military service
  • During his training, his petition for LPR status was approved
  • The U.S. Army assured him that he would not be deployed to Vietnam until citizenship was conferred.
  • Holovits filed his paperwork to become a U.S. citizen just before being shipped to Vietnam on August 15 1967, with assurances from the U.S. Army that U.S. citizenship would be conferred upon his return from theater.
  • He became a decorated expert sharpshooter
  • He was killed in Vietnam on September 23, 1967
  • Mr. Holovits was posthumously awarded a Gold Star and a Purple Heart for his service
  • His widow, Linda Holovits, was unaware of the two year window in which next-of-kin can file for posthumous citizenship for their loved ones.
  • She is seeking honorary citizenship for her deceased husband.
  • Mrs. Holovits has waived her right to spousal or survivor benefits

Help right this wrong by cosponsoring H.J.Res 94 .

To cosponsor this Resolution, please contact Rosie.Julin@mail.house.gov or call 202-225-2861

Sincerely,

SAM FARR
Member of Congress