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"Photo of Vila Bouttaphom"Vilai Bouttaphom was born in Laos. His mother was imprisoned in a labor camp for his oldest brother escaping to America. After her release, his family fled the country because of political and social unrest, resulting from the war in Vietnam. Along with other villagers his family spent thirteen days evading government soldiers on their march to the Thai border. Experiencing many hardships along the way, everyone relinquished all their valuables to the ferry men who brought them into Thailand. They stayed at the refugee camp for nine months in makeshift shelters. They were finally sponsored by the United States of America, where their new life would begin.

When they arrived in the United States they struggled for and lived the American dream. They faced the struggles of every immigrant family, language, social adjustments, and financial hardships. Vilai went on to college, but there was something that he had to do. Vilai enlisted in the United States Army, because he felt that he owed this country everything. He fulfilled his term of service as a paratrooper and continued his education, but that was cut short. After the events September 11, 2001, he reenlisted to participate in the global war on terror. Upon returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom, he went back to college only to leave again, in order to help out in the Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts. Upon his return, fellow veterans invited Vilai to work for an international water filtration company, where he met Frank. Inspired by a blind man, who had more hope and vision than the seeing, Vilai humbly accepted Franks offer to join Water Without Borders.
 
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