About Us

This tragic legacy must end, so a new one can begin

Legacies of War is an educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of the American Secret War and the conflict in Southeast Asia, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). We raise awareness about the history of the Secret War bombing of Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war, and create greater hope for a future of peace. 

The UXO problem in Laos has persisted for far too long. Too many innocent lives have been lost. Too many farmers and children have been left disabled, their lives forever changed. But it is not too late to stop this senseless suffering.

 

We’ve already proven positive change is possible.

Our vision is simple.

Clear Laos as much as possible within our lifetime. 

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“As a child in Laos, I was taught to walk on well-worn paths to avoid unexploded bombs left-over from the Secret War my parents survived. This tragic legacy must end so that new ones may begin.”

Sera Koulabdara,
Executive Director

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The original drawings that started it all.

Meet The Team

 
 

Meet The Board of Directors

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Mike Burton 

Chair

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Kevin Pohmer

Vice Chair

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Dave Claycomb

Treasurer

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Ed Pagano

Secretary

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Adam Thongsavat

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Ben Rhodes

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Bob Preston

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Chris Phommasathit

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Dave Yuttal

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Khamsone Sirimanivong

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Jessica Rotondi

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May Saechao

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Orathai Phommala

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Terry Szuplat

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Pajouablai Monica Lee

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Titus Peachey

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Phonephet Sayakumane

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Sophia Tran - Vu

Former Board Chairs

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Brett Dakin 

"In contrast, the U.S. spent more than $2m a day (about $17 million in today's dollars) for nine years dropping the bombs in the first place. The U.S. can, and should, do more."

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Alexandra Hiniker

"With sustained support from the U.S. to clear bombs, support survivors, and educate people about the risks of unexploded ordnance in Laos, I am confident that we can help end this painful legacy so that new ones may begin."

 

Our Sponsors

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Our Fiscal Sponsor

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Legacies of War is a project of NEO Philanthropy—formerly Public Interest Projects—a New York-based 30-year-old nonprofit rated four stars by Charity Navigator. NEO brings together and strengthens the work of philanthropic institutions, nonprofit groups and other public interest organizations sharing a vision of a society that ensures justice, dignity and opportunity for all people. By developing sustainable partnerships among donor, grantees and allied groups, NEO seeks to foster a movement for positive social change resulting in equality, fairness and a stronger participatory democracy.