The Library of Congress Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project is a program authorized and funded by the Federal Government and managed by the Library of Congress. The intent is to preserve the memories of this nation’s war veterans so that Americans of all current and future generations may hear directly from the veterans and better appreciate the realities of war and the sacrifices made by those who served in uniform during wartime. For information about the VHP, go to www.loc.gov/vet .
The Atlanta History Center is a founding partner with the LOC and is authorized to collect and archive the stories of America’s veterans from the local area. The AHC has conducted and archived nearly 500 stories from veterans in the Atlanta metro area and surrounding counties. The interviews are conducted by volunteers who are veterans themselves. The interviews are done at the AHC and a video is made for the archives at both the LOC in Washington, D. C. and the AHC. A copy of the video is provided in DVD form to the veteran for his or her personal record.
The opportunity to record an interview is open to all veterans who have served during any of this nation’s conflicts and is not limited to AVVBA members. The process begins with the completion of the Biological Data Form found at http://www.loc.gov/vets/pdf/biodata-fieldkit-2013.pdf . Download the form and print the information on it clearly. The data on the form will be used to produce the veteran’s service summary on the LOC website. The interview video will not be available for viewing on the LOC website but the summary will be.
The completed form should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org via email or through the U.S. Postal Service to:Sue VerHoefAtlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
When the completed form is received, an interview time will be scheduled based on the availability of the veteran and the volunteer interviewers. When the interview date and time have been coordinated, a confirmation notice will be provided with some additional information to help prepare for the interview.
The AHC is in the process of preparing the VHP videos in its archive for viewing on the History Center’s website. When completed, interviews in the AHC archive will be available for viewing on line.