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Smith Kicks Off Veterans History Project

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Smith Kicks Off Veterans History Project

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) this week conducted three interviews to kick off his participation in the Veterans History Project (VHP).

The VHP honors veterans and civilian workers by collecting stories of their service. The VHP, created by Congress in 2000, relies on volunteer efforts to document stories of Americas' veterans. By taking part in this project, veterans are contributing to the permanent Veterans History Project collections at the Library of Congress, one of the world's most respected research and cultural institutions. The collections are then archived and made available to researchers and the general public.

"This project will preserve past memories so that future generations understand what protecting freedom means to these veterans," said Congressman Smith. "I am glad to participate in this memorial collection that shows the sacrifices made by all veterans."

Congressman Smith conducted his three interviews in Kerrville, San Antonio and Austin. Participating in those interviews was: Veteran Robert Weinberg, Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Morante and Staff Sgt. Guadalupe Recio. They interviewees talked with the Congressman for thirty minutes about their time in the service, experiences they had and life after the military.

There are more than 1.6 million veterans who live in Texas and more than 75,800 of those live in the 21st District.

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