Johanns launches effort to preserve veterans’ stories
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) has launched a project to honor Nebraska veterans. Johanns is partnering with the Library of Congress to preserve the oral histories of wartime veterans through the Veterans History Project.
He is inviting volunteers to collect, record and forever preserve these personal stories for future generations.
“The Veterans History Project goes beyond what one can learn from a textbook by capturing the personal narratives of the brave men and women who fought for our country, often in dangerous territory,” said Johanns.
“Nearly 70,000 fascinating firsthand accounts have already been recorded, but there are tens of thousands of Nebraskans whose stories are still untold,” he said.
Johanns’ staff will be training volunteers and providing the guidance necessary to conduct and preserve the interviews with the Library of Congress. Those interested can email Johanns’ office at:
, or call 1-202-224-4224.
It is estimated that 146,000 wartime veterans live in Nebraska, approximately 40,000 of which are WWII veterans.
The Veterans History Project was launched in 2000 and currently houses more than 68,000 recorded stories and thousands more photographs.
In Nebraska, fewer than 300 Veterans History Project stories have been submitted to the Library of Congress as part of the project.