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Reps. Kind, Mast, Newhouse, and Stefanik to Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Veterans History Project

July 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC —Tomorrow, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Mast (R-FL), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) will introduce a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, which was created through legislation that Rep. Kind authored in 2000. The Veterans History Project has allowed veterans to record more than 110,000 stories of their firsthand experiences serving our nation and preserved them in the Library of Congress.  

“Although we can never repay the debt we owe our brave men and women in uniform, we can ensure that their stories are remembered for generations to come,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “The personal stories of our nation’s veterans are the most powerful record we have to document the sacrifices and hardships they experienced while fighting for our freedoms. I’m proud to commemorate 20 years of the Veterans History Project, and I encourage everyone to take the time to interview a loved one about their service and record their stories.”   

“It takes a special kind of person to put on the uniform in defense of our nation and those who do are a living, breathing piece of the history of the United States,” said Rep. Brian Mast. “For 20 years, the Library of Congress has captured the stories of thousands of veterans as part of the Veterans History Project, preserving them for generations to come. This is an accomplishment that we can all celebrate.”  

The Veterans History Project has preserved firsthand interviews and other narratives from veterans in every major United States military conflict since World War 1. It has digitized 7,000 hours of audio and 9,000 hours of video, and provided opportunities for thousands of veterans to share their personal recollections while serving our nation.  

For information on how to submit a story to the Veterans History Project, go to www.loc.gov/vets or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848 to request a project kit.  

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