This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Veterans History Project (VHP). In 2000, I authored, and Congress unanimously passed, legislation creating the VHP, which has since allowed 98,000 veterans to record their stories and preserve them in the Library of Congress for future generations.
The idea for the project started in my back yard while listening to my own father and uncle share war stories. I asked them to wait and ran into the house to get the video camera. I wanted to preserve that history for my own family, but soon recognized the value in expanding the idea nationwide.
The Veterans History Project is more than preservation for scholars. We owe it to our future generations to make sure our veterans achievements and sacrifices will never be forgotten, and through the Library of Congress their voices can be heard by all those that come after them.
We can keep growing the project. I urge everyone to ask veterans they know to record their stories. This is the last ask of a grateful nation to our veterans. What better way to preserve this important history of what it was like to protect our nation while honoring our veterans at the same time.To learn more about the project or how you can help collect stories for the project, visit: https://kind.house.gov/veterans-history-project/