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Smith Delivers Recorded Veterans' Interviews to the Library of Congress

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Smith Delivers Recorded Veterans' Interviews to the Library of Congress

This week Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) delivered six Veterans History Project (VHP) interviews that he has conducted to the Library of Congress. His interviews will be archived as part of the VHP collection and made available to researchers and the general public.

Congressman Smith has conducted those six interviews in the 21st District. The interviewees talked with the Congressman for thirty minutes or more about their time in the service, experiences they had, and life after the military.

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.

"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 and look forward to conducting additional interviews in the future."

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

To participate in the VHP please contact the Washington, D.C. Congressional office at (202) 225-4236 or visit the Congressman's Web site at: http://lamarsmith.house.gov/

"Texas veterans and volunteers have a wonderful opportunity to record the past and preserve it for future," concluded Smith.


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