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Vietnamese Family Fulfills American Dream on Eve of War Anniversary

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CARY — It has been 25 years, but the memories of the Vietnam War are still vivid for Tien Bui.

As a low-ranking officer for the South Vietnamese army, Bui was hit with mortar to his head and a bullet to his arm. Then, he spent six long years in a prison camp.

Never did he think that one day he would be starting a new life in the United States.

Bui and his family came to the U.S. as refugees in 1995 with nothing.

He and his wife got jobs and started paying rent in a rundown apartment.

Now, they are ready to own their own home with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

Their new home in downtown Cary has three bedrooms -- a master and one for each of their children.

For Loan Tran, who lost her parents at a young age, this is a dream come true.

"It's my big dream. This house is the first house of my life," she says.

The Buis should be in their new home by the end of next month.

They say they miss their homeland and their relatives still in Vietnam. But they know a life under a communist regime is no match for living the American dream.

This summer, on their fifth anniversary here in the U.S., they plan to apply for citizenship.


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