From: The Honorable Earl Blumenauer
Sent By: paul.balmer@mail.house.gov
Date: 3/2/2016

March 2, 2016

Dear Colleague,

Last month, the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project (VHP) registered and archived its 100,000th veteran’s oral history.  This is an important milestone for VHP, created unanimously by Congress in 2000, to collect and preserve the stories of America’s war veterans.  The Project has collected oral histories from every conflict from World War I to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

As Co-chairs of the Congressional Library of Congress Caucus, we congratulate the Library and especially the Members of Congress who have been personally involved in making this project a success.  Many of you have conducted interviews of your veteran constituents and brought these stories to VHP.  Some of you have hosted workshops in your district offices and in collaboration with local libraries, veterans groups and schools to record veteran’s stories.  You have worked with seniors in your home communities to make them aware that the nation holds in high regard the stories of service in America’s armed forces, and that we want to preserve these first-hand accounts in perpetuity at the Library of Congress.  The project has many of your personal stories as well.

With over 22 million living veterans, there are still many more stories to record. We encourage you to have your staff attend the annual Veteran’s History Project congressional briefing at the Library of Congress on Friday, April 22 at 9:30 am in the Members Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building.  With Memorial Day approaching, now is the time to start planning workshops in your community to interview and collect the stories of constituent veterans for VHP.

For more information, field kits, and assistance about how to set up workshops, you can email the Veterans History Project at vhpcongressional@loc.gov.  For the congressional briefing, please email ethoma@loc.gov.

Sincerely,

Robert Aderholt                                             Earl Blumenauer
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