Your experiences in the military are interesting and valuable in preserving the memory of the nation. Please contact one of the organizations below and record your story in history.
Veterans Education Project
Veterans' Oral History Project
Veterans History Project
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540-4615
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 in 2000.
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress collects and preserves 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.
While the Veterans History Project does not do the actual interviewing, a Project Kit provides the tools you need to conduct an interview yourself, or have a friend or family member do it with you. The Project Kit is available online at www.loc.gov/vets or you can order one by calling 1-888-371-5848. This national project has various local partners. See the website for a complete listing.
The Library of Congress will create a catalog of all oral histories and other documentation collected as a result of the Veterans History Project, including those items preserved at other sites by participating partners. The names of all veterans and civilians who are interviewed or whose letters, diaries, and other documents are donated to the National Veterans History Collection will appear on the Veterans' History Project website in the future.