Red Cross taking part in Veterans History Project
ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Nov. 4, 2010 at 6:04 a.m.
The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross is working with the Veterans History Project to collect the stories of America's war veterans.
The project is conducted in conjunction with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The personal accounts of American war veterans are collected, preserved, and made accessible so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
To date, the Veterans History Project has more than 68,000 individual collections available to researchers and the general public at the Library of Congress.
Of that number, more than 7,000 are digitized and are accessible online through the Veterans History Project website.
Area veterans of wars from World War I through the current Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts are encouraged to share their stories.
Civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts, such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, are also invited to share their stories.
Volunteer interviewers are also needed.
Contact Debbie Ramirez at the Crossroads American Red Cross office at 361-573-2671 to schedule an appointment to record the information.
Veterans may also write to the Red Cross at 2805 N. Navarro St., Ste. 500, Victoria TX 77901.