What is the Veterans History Project?
The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The mission of the Veterans History Project is to collect and preserve the personal recollections of U.S. wartime veterans, honor their service, and share their stories with current and future generations. The Veterans History Project also collects stories from homefront civilians who supported wartime efforts (e.g., war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, and medical volunteers).
The Laguna Woods History Center is proud to be an official partner of the Veterans History Project. Hundreds of veterans and civilians from Laguna Woods have participated to date. Individuals involved in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and Afghanistan and Iraq may participate.
What is Involved?
There are two levels of participation. Individuals can choose to fill out a short form detailing important aspects of their service (including rank, wartime activities, and locations of service) or fill out a form and participate in a video recorded interview that will bring tales of their service to life! There is no cost to participate.
What Happens to the Interviews?
Biography Forms and Interviews are stored at the United States Library of Congress and the Laguna Woods History Center. They are searchable online (Library of Congress and History Center) and available in-person to veterans, scholars, students, and anyone else visiting either organization. (Future plans are to upload Veterans’ video interviews to this website.) Individuals who participate in a recorded interview will receive a DVD copy to share with family and friends.
How Can I Participate?
If you are interested in participating, please write us or call (949) 206-0150 for instructions.
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