They want YOU! Library of Congress Veterans History Project want all vet's stories

Eric Dehm
November 09, 2018 - 1:28 pm

USMC Photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Hlavac

The Veterans History Project (VHP) is a bit like sitting at the bar with an old military buddy and reminiscing about your time in service, but with one key difference: the stories told are captured and saved permanently at the Library of Congress. The project aims to gather the stories of as many veterans as possible dating back to World War 1. 

Karen Lloyd, director of the Veterans History Project, is from a military family and served herself, retiring from the Army as a Colonel. She says it's important for vets to know that regardless of when, where, or how they served, their stories matter. 

"The stories are important and the oral histories are important," Lloyd says. "You can hear the voices and learn what they saw, felt and did during their experience."

While the project is hoping to hear from all vets, the VHP team would like to hear more from veterans who represent minority groups within the military, including women, African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics. They also believe that some of the stories of highest importance aren't necessarily from those with higher ranks.

"All of these stories are different and it's so important they understand that we are interested in their stories," Lloyd says. "The bulk of our collection are privates through captains. People don't understand that that's where these amazing stories take place."

Along with looking for interview subjects, the project needs people who are interested in recording the stories. Lloyd says that anyone interested in contributing their story, or capturing them, should visit the project's website for information.

You can listen to the full interview with Karen Lloyd below.

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