The Veterans History Project collects and preserves the memories of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. I know LH has wanted to get into volunteering for this for a long time, but, it seems like he is forever getting deployed. I know he will be excited to see that I mentioned it on my blog.These collections of first-hand accounts are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for use by researchers and to serve as an inspiration for generations to come. This Project includes those who served in WWI, WWII, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, or U.S. citizen civilians who actively supported war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, defense contractors, etc).
VHP relies on volunteers throughout the nation to record veterans’ stories on behalf of the LoC. These stories are made available to researchers and the general public, both at the Library in Washington, D.C. and via the VHP website. If you would like to volunteer, you can download the interview field kit from their website, where you can also get more info!
Some other sites that might be of interest are In Their Words, which is basically the same as VHP, but deals with the stories of those from the state of Arkansas. Also, Heroes Remembered, again basically the same as VHP but for those vets from Canada. If you know of any other projects similar to these that are based in other countries or individual states, please leave a comment with the website address!