The Veterans History Project, run by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, is a wonderful resource for genealogists. If you are searching for a permanent way to honor the service of family members, you might also want to contribute to the collection.
The focus of the Veterans History Project is first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans and civilians who supported them in these wars:
- World War I (1914-1920)
- World War II (1939-1946)
- Korean War (1950-1955)
- Vietnam War (1961-1975)
- Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
- Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)
- Civilian supporters: war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.
Other stories of service are a secondary focus (please review this list of other repositories that also collect veterans’ materials).
Click here for information on how to participate, including preparing to interview a family member who served.