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Congresswoman Hartzler seeks military veterans to share their war stories

October 13, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is urging America’s military veterans who live in the 4th Congressional District to take part in the Veterans History Project. The Project collects and preserves personal accounts of American war veterans to allow current and future generations to hear directly from those who fought and to gain better understanding of the realities of war.

“The rich history of our men and women who served in the military and U.S. civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts will forever be preserved, thanks to this project,” said Hartzler. “These personal accounts from those who were a part of America’s wartime experience are invaluable.”

“Personal narratives from World War I, World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars, as well as the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts are recorded for the project,” continued Hartzler. “Stories are also told through letters, postcards, personal diaries, photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks. These first-hand accounts are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and are available to researchers and future generations.”

The U.S. Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The Project relies on volunteers to collect veterans’ stories which are made available both at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and via the Veterans History Project website.

Veterans and civilians who contributed to our war efforts and who would like to participate in this preservation of history are asked to contact Shaelyn McClanahan in Congresswoman Hartzler’s Harrisonville office at or by calling (816) 884-3411.

Congresswoman Hartzler, whose father was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, proudly serves on the House Armed Services Committee.