Motivated by a desire to honor our nations 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 October 2000. The authorizing legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000. The legislation 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 Americas 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.
From the Library of Congress Veterans History Project
Veterans of America
P.O. Box 255484
Sacramento, CA 95865
Tel: (916) 481-6020
You may visit the Veterans History Project online at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/ .
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 500 is an official partner of the project. At this time we will be gathering the names and information of veterans who will be participating in this project.
The stories of Veterans and those who provided support services are valuable pieces of our history. We invite you to participate in this project.
To register for an appointment to tell your story, please e-mail or call VVA500 at the above phone number or e-mail address above.
Please announce this project during your organization's regular meetings and have your members call or e-mail to register. If you would like someone to present this information at one of your meetings, please call or e-mail VVA500.