Veteran's History Project

Help the Library of Congress Record Veterans’ Histories

Congress created The Veterans History Project in 2000 as a national documentation program of the American Folklife Center to record, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of American wartime veterans from World War I through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that future generations may better understand the realities of war.

The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), 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.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has issued a call to action to all Americans to help gather in the accounts of 10,000 veterans by Veterans Day November 11, 2010 and to pledge to preserve this important part of American history. 

More than 68,000 individual stories comprise the The Veterans History Project to date.  Find out how you can Participate in the Project.


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