01 Jan '18, 1pm

Wanted: DNA from veterans who served in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — At 68, retired Army Capt. Walter Rettberg thought he was done having children. Then he decided to trace his family tree with a DNA-testing kit and found Matthew. Matthew Suh was a baby in South Korea when he was adopted nearly 40 years ago by an American couple. He grew up longing to find his biological mother but never thought about searching for his father because it seemed an impossible task. All he knew was that his father had been an American soldier serving in South Korea. Enter 325 Kamra , a U.S. nonprofit that’s building a DNA database to help South Korean adoptees find their birth parents, including U.S. military veterans. In many cases, troops rotating through the country didn’t know the women they had sex with became pregnant, so the group is offering free DNA kits to all vets and their descendants. “So many of them have been stationed here ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/wanted-dna-from-veterans-who...

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