U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today praised the passage of the National Veterans History Project Week Resolution, legislation he authored, to encourage public participation in a nationwide project that collects and preserves the stories of the men and women who served our nation in times of war and conflict.
"I am pleased Congress has recognized our nation's veterans and the importance of the Veterans History Project," said Rep. Kind. "The project is a great way to honor our veterans, preserving their stories for future generations. These living testaments provide the most powerful record of the sacrifice and hardship of our nation. Now is the time, as we are losing 1,700 veterans each day and there are still millions of stories yet to be told. I encourage all Americans, young and old, to take time to ask the veterans in their lives to record their stories. Increasing public participation in the Veterans History Project will increase the number of stories preserved and increase the number of veterans the collection honors."
Rep. Kind authored legislation creating the Veterans History Project in 2000. The Veterans History Project uses volunteer interviews to record the experiences of veterans and their families. These stories are recorded and entered into the permanent collection of the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center. It is currently the largest oral history collection in the world, with 66,000 stories archived.