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Smith Encourages Participation in the Veterans History Project

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Location: Washington, DC

Smith Encourages Participation in the Veterans History Project

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today supported a National Veterans History Project Week that encourages public participation in the nationwide Veterans History Project (VHP) (H.Res. 770).

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."

The resolution supports the designation of a "National Veterans History Project Week", calls on Americans to interview at least one veteran in their families or communities and encourages local, State, and national organizations to participate in the effort to document, preserve, and honor the service of American wartime veterans.

Congressman Smith has conducted five interviews in the 21st District. The 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.

To participate in the VHP please contact the Washington, D.C. Congressional office at (202) 225-4236 or visit the VHP page on Congressman Smith's Website at:

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

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