U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that he is collaborating with the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress to preserve the stories of New Jersey veterans. With more than 440,000 veterans living in New Jersey, Senator Lautenberg is working to ensure their wartime accounts are saved for future generations and historians.
"I am proud to participate in the Veterans History Project to collect the stories of New Jersey veterans and make them available to the public," Lautenberg said. "Nearly half a million New Jersey residents have served our nation in the military, and each one of these veterans are part of our national history. I urge all New Jerseyans to help me in this effort to collect and preserve the stories of our state's brave veterans."
"The Library of Congress Veterans History Project is proud to have the support of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Members of Congress in fulfilling our important mission to ensure the stories of America's wartime veterans are preserved," said Bob Patrick, Veterans History Project Director. "It is our mission to collect the personal accounts of all men and women from all backgrounds and all branches of service and make them available to educate, enlighten and inspire generations to come. As we commemorate this Veterans Day 2010, we are delighted that more of New Jersey's brave men and women will have an opportunity to share their stories through Senator Lautenberg's efforts."
To launch the collaboration, Sen. Lautenberg's office recorded a video history with Vince Deprinzio, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam who lives in Cape May Court House, NJ. His video has been recorded and will be delivered to the Library of Congress to be included in the Veterans History Project.
The Veterans History Project was created by Congress in 2000, and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this fall. The mission of the VHP is to collect, preserve and make accessible the first-hand accounts of American wartime veterans. This includes collections of oral histories, memoirs, diaries and photographs. More than 70,000 veteran stories have been collected so far, including 1,100 from New Jersey. An online database of the Veteran's History Project can be found at: http://www.loc.gov/vets
Senator Lautenberg, who served in the Army during World War II, recorded his personal wartime history with the Veterans History Project in October 2007. He is now working to reach as many of the state's veterans as possible with this program. Lautenberg's staff will collaborate with veterans groups, schools and community organizations to record video histories and collect documents about the lives and wartime experiences of New Jersey veterans.
Information about the project and how to participate is now available on Lautenberg's website at: www.lautenberg.senate.gov/VHP.cfm