Congressman Ronny Jackson is making it easier for area veterans to contribute their stories to the Veterans History Project through his local offices starting October 18, 2021.
The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Stories can be told through personal narratives, correspondence, or visual materials. Veterans can submit letters, postcards, personal diaries, photographs, drawings, scrapbooks, audio-video interviews, and written memoirs.
Jackson’s staff will be conducting interviews Monday through Friday from October 18-29 in order to make it easier for Veterans to contribute to the project.
Jackson said, “The Texas Pandhandle is home to many brave heroes who have served our country in the United States military, and as your Congressman, I want to make sure your remarkable stories are documented at the Library of Congress for generations to come.”
The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. 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.
AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project. In addition to providing initial major funding for the Project, AARP also spread the word to its legion of volunteers and almost 37 million members, encouraging them to get involved. Numerous state chapters have also been involved in the Project.
If you are interested in participating please visit https://jackson.house.gov/vhp/
For more information, you can contact Jackson’s office by phone at 806-641-5600.