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Veterans History Project

There are 19 million war veterans living in the United States today, but every day we lose 1,500 of them. Motivated by a desire to honor our nation's war veterans for their service and to collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project. The authorizing legislation was signed into law on October 27, 2000.  

Public Law 106-380 calls upon the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America's war veterans and those who served in support of them.

The Veterans History Project covers World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars. It includes all participants in those wars--men and women, civilian and military. It documents the contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff, and war industry workers as well as the experiences of military personnel from all ranks and all branches of service--the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

Please Help Preserve the Nation's Memory

All Americans are encouraged to participate. By interviewing a veteran or war worker as part of the Veterans History Project, you honor those who served our nation during difficult and dangerous periods in our history. You are participating in a national project initiated by Congress to promote public learning and to encourage discussion across the generations about our nation's wartime activities. Interviewers might be veterans comparing their experiences with fellow veterans who fought in previous wars. They may be students talking with veterans and home front supporters within their local communities as part of school projects. Or they may be grandsons and granddaughters coaxing grandparents to share their memories of America at war.

Sharing stories and gathering reminiscences will have an immediate impact on both you and the narrators who participate in your interviews. Even if you should forget your tape recorder, video camera, or notebook, you and the men and women with whom you speak would not leave the interviews empty-handed. Veterans and war workers will take away a sense of pride in their contributions to America's war efforts. They will gain the satisfaction of knowing that they are passing on to you firsthand knowledge about the realities of war and the everyday acts of sacrifice and heroism that accompany it. You and others who conduct the interviews or who collect wartime letters, diaries, photographs, and other materials will also be enriched. You will leave with a better understanding of our nation's past and a newfound respect for the men and women who served their nation during wartime.

Post 62 member Bob Barnhart has been recognized by U.S. Congressman Bob Ney and Ohio Governor Bob Taft for creating a local partnership with the Library of Congress to collect interviews of veterans from this area.  Photos and biographies of veterans interviewed to date can be seen at http://www.chillicothe.med.va.gov/VHP-Pages/VHP-collection.html.

To find out more about this historic initiative, click here or send an email to Bob Barnhart at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, or telephone 740-772-7080. 



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