Newhouse Introduces Resolution to Commemorate 20 Years of the Veterans History Project

July 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) joined Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to introduce a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

The Veterans History Project has allowed veterans to record more than 110,000 stories of their firsthand experiences serving our nation and preserved them in the Library of Congress. If you or a loved one are a veteran in Central Washington who would like to submit your story to the Veterans History Project, please contact Rep. Newhouse’s Tri-Cities District Office at (509) 713-7374.

“Our nation’s veterans each have a unique story worth telling,” said Rep. Newhouse. “For 20 years, the Veterans History Project has collected the stories and accounts of those who sacrificed to protect and defend our great country, so we can be sure they are never forgotten. I am honored to have submitted dozens of accounts by Central Washington’s veterans to be preserved for future generations, and I encourage all veterans to take advantage of this Project.”  

“I’m so grateful to Congressman Dan Newhouse for his support of the Veterans History Project and for introducing this resolution,” said Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “The VHP is a national treasure, like the veterans themselves, so many of whom have generously shared their personal experiences and memories through oral history, letters, photographs, documents and memoirs.  In the 20 years since the project began, changes in technology have enabled more veterans and gold star families to share their experiences and have made this vital collection more accessible than ever for families, researchers, and students.  When I visited the Congressman’s district last year, I met several veterans who caringly shared their heroic stories with me. I thank the Congressman for joining us in celebrating 20 years of this project to preserve our veterans’ wartime experiences for posterity.” 

“It takes a special kind of person to put on the uniform in defense of our nation and those who do are a living, breathing piece of the history of the United States,” said Rep. Mast. “For 20 years, the Library of Congress has captured the stories of thousands of veterans as part of the Veterans History Project, preserving them for generations to come. This is an accomplishment that we can all celebrate.” 

“Although we can never repay the debt we owe our brave men and women in uniform, we can ensure that their stories are remembered for generations to come,” said Rep. Kind. “The personal stories of our nation’s veterans are the most powerful record we have to document the sacrifices and hardships they experienced while fighting for our freedoms. I’m proud to commemorate 20 years of the Veterans History Project, and I encourage everyone to take the time to interview a loved one about their service and record their stories.”    

“It is absolutely critical that the courage, selfless service, and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans must be remembered for generations to come,” said Rep. Stefanik. “The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress is a powerful and meaningful way for veterans to share their personal stories of serving our great country. This Resolution commemorates the 20th anniversary of this project, and honors our nation’s brave veterans – we are forever indebted to them.”

Click here to read the text of the resolution.

The Veterans History Project has preserved firsthand interviews and other narratives from veterans in every major United States military conflict since World War 1. It has digitized 7,000 hours of audio and 9,000 hours of video, and provided opportunities for thousands of veterans to share their personal recollections while serving our nation.