The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects, preserves, and provides access to the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better comprehend the realities of war. The Veterans History Project is a project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.
The VHP collects first-hand accounts of veterans who served from World War I (1914-1920) to the current Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present). In addition, the American Folklife Center encourages those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) to share their valuable stories.
The VHP has also compiled a selective listing of existing oral history projects, programs and collections dedicated to recording and preserving the experiences of veterans and civilians. These oral history programs range from short-term classroom projects to the long-term institutional commitments of universities and historical societies to the focused collection efforts of the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The National Archives are the official repository for records of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard and other government agencies. These records include military personnel service recoreds, unit reports and rosters, maps, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, and electronic records. There are casualty reports, photos and other selected military records available in their collections. However, most military records, including veteran's military service records are not online.
The Veterans History Project’s (VHP) Experiencing War website features the wartime stories of some veterans who served from from World War I through the Vietnam War. These extraordinary personal accounts are digitized and accessible on VHP’s website. The ollected stories provide illuninating and dramatic examples of the effects war on those who participated in the wars.