There are 17,000,000 wartime veterans in America whose stories can educate and inspire people of all ages, illuminating the meanings of service, sacrifice, citizenship, and democracy.
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National Veterans History Project

There are 17,000,000 wartime veterans in America whose stories can educate and inspire people of all ages, illuminating the meanings of service, sacrifice, citizenship, and democracy.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 866 on November 3, 2009, to designate National Veterans History Project Week "to encourage public participation in a nationwide project that collects and preserves the stories of the men and women who served our Nation in times of war and conflict."

Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) submitted the resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

During National Veterans History Project Week, people are encouraged to interview a military veteran in their families or communities, using guidelines from the VA History Project. This project is designed to preserve and document stories of U.S. military veterans and their service.

The Veterans History Project was established by a unanimous vote of the United States Congress, who charged the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to undertake the Veterans History Project and to engage the public in the creation of a collection of oral histories that would be a lasting tribute to individual veterans and an abundant resource for scholars.

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 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 Veterans History Project relies on a corps of volunteer interviewers, partner organizations, and an array of civic minded institutions nationwide who interview veterans according to the guidelines it provides. Public participation in the Veterans History Project will increase the number of oral histories that can be collected and preserved and increase the number of veterans it so honors.

As Veterans Day approaches each year, Congress calls on the people of the United States to interview at least one veteran in their families or communities according to guidelines provided by the Veterans History Project; and encourages local, State, and national organizations along with Federal, State, city and county governmental institutions to participate in support of the effort to document, preserve, and honor the service of American wartime veterans. People of all ages are encouraged to take time to learn about important moments and events in the history of the United States and the world through National Veterans History Project Week.


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