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VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT

In the year 2000, Congress Created the Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, to collect, preserve and make accessible to the public the personal accounts of American War Veterans.

This includes not only those fought the battles but also those who worked behind the scenes to support them.

An army of interviewers has been created nationwide to gather the stories.

The interviewers will come to your home to do this and they will record them. Interviews should last at least 3o minutes to an hour and a half.

The interviewer will ask a series of set questions and the veteran will elaborate on them.

These videos are not edited. They are sent to the Library of Congress to be edited there, along with photos and maps that you may wish to include.

You will receive a complimentary video copy of the interview shortly afterward.

It will take from 6-8 months for your video to be on the Library website, because there are dozens of them coming fin rom all over the country, and they need to be edited by the Library team.

They may contact you if they have a question that needs clarification.

You will receive a card from them when your video arrives there, and they will notify you when it is actually up on the website.

This is a great opportunity for you to tell your story while you are still here to do so.

Arnold Van Ek from the Red Cross is doing these interviews in the Houston area.

If you wish to be interviewed please contact him at 713-880-1701 or email him at a2vanek@gmail.com.

To see some that he has already done, visit www.loc.gov/vets. In the search box at the top, type in van ek (lower case).

A list of 3 items will come up. Click on the middle listing and you will find a multitude of stories.

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