A resolution in honor of Danny Chen

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 (KTSF by Jo Wan)

Today, New York City Council member Margaret Chin proposed a resolution in honor of private Danny Chen. Chin called on the Department of Defense to closely examine policies surrounding cultural diversity in order to prevent the discrimination and harassment of military personnel. Council member Chin said, “We want to make sure that the army reviews their training and recruitment policies to see how we can improve them. With changes, they can really embrace diversity and get soldiers to learn about each other’s culture, to respect one another, and to not tolerate bullying and harassment.”

Private Chen was born in Chinatown, New York. His body was found in a guard tower in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2011, with an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to army reports. However, last December, eight soldiers were charged with his death. This news came as a relief to Danny Chen’s parents. Chen’s mother says, ” It brings us some comfort and relief to know the army is taking this seriously. ” Further, his father notes, “For two months we have received best wishes from all over the world. It gives us comfort. “

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