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To Preserve, To Honor, To Educate
Mission of the Veterans History Project

Understanding the purpose


The national Veterans History Project was created in 2000, when the U.S. Congress voted unanimously to preserve and archive the oral histories of men and women who have served in any of our country’s wars or any civilian who supported the war effort in a significant way.


The project, housed at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., collects and preserves the video interviews, photographs and documents of veterans from:


World War I (1914-1920)

World War II (1939-1946)

Cold War

Korean War (1950-1955)

Grenada--History--American Invasion, 1983

Panama--History--American Invasion (1989)

Operation Restore Hope (1992-1993)

Vietnam War (1961-1975)

Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)

United Nations Operation in Somalia

Haiti--History--American intervention (1994-1995)

Operation Allied Force (1999)

Peacekeeping forces--Bosnia and Herzegovina

Operation Joint Guardian (1999)

War on Terrorism (2001-2009)

Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)


Veteran History Project also collects oral histories with Gold Star Family members, defined as a parent, spouse, sibling, or child of members of the Armed Forces who died as a result of their service.


Collaborating with the Library of Congress, Never Alone Initiative  participates in the Louisiana Veterans History Project by focusing on the oral histories of Louisiana’s residents. Photographs, military documents, field maps, journals, memories and letters are digitized and preserved, and videotaped interviews of Louisiana service members are conducted and archived. The vast amount of historical data collected is made available to veterans, students, scholars, and researchers via the internet at . All information is also preserved in the Library of Congress and at Never Alone Initiative.

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