Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center
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The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 27, 2000. The mandate is to collect and preserve the firsthand remembrances of U.S. wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from those who served and better understand the realities of war. Working with members of Congress, the program relies on a national network of veteran service organizations, universities, secondary schools, community groups and the general public to record interviews according to program guidelines and send them (along with original letters, diaries, photos, memoirs and historic documents) to the Library of Congress. The project, which serves as a resource for scholars, historians, students and the general public, holds more than 65,000 collections and is considered the largest oral history program of its kind in the nation.          
Notable media projects associated with the Veterans History Project
For Women's History Month (March) 2007, the Library of Congress celebrated American women who have served their country in wartime by screening a series of films, shorts, and television episodes, titled "Women at War", which depicts the experiences of women who served the nation during the major wars of the 20th century (World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. :
- On March 2: Mad Parade (1931) and 100% American (1918)
- On March 9: Ladies Courageous (1944) and Women in Defense (1942)
- On March 16: Flight Nurse (1953) and M*A*S*H episode season 7, episode 16: "Inga") (1979)
- On March 23: An episode from the acclaimed TV series China Beach and a television report titled "Woman Doctor in Vietnam" (1966), which aired on the CBS news program The 20th Century
- On March 30: Courage Under Fire (1996)
In September 2007, Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, titled The War, first aired during a 2007 joint community engagement between the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and PBS. The seven-part television miniseries underscores the VHP's objective: to build the historic record by collecting first-hand recollections of men and women who served the United States during wartime. Moreover, the documentary's profiles of civilians as well as servicemen and women emphasizes another aspect of the VHP: that oral histories of civilians who have work in support of war efforts - such as Rosie the Riveters and USO workers - are appropriate inclusions.
On October 1, 2007, the VHP launched a companion website to Ken Burns' documentary, The War, to "guide viewers through each episode, detail related historic events through the perspectives of hundreds of World War II veterans who contributed their recollections to the project archives, and showcase the wide variety of media contributed to the archives.
On November 11, 2008, the VHP commemorated Veterans Day with a special online presentation featuring firsthand recollections of African American soldiers from the 92nd Infantry Division of World War II.
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- PUBLIC LAW 106–380—OCT. 27, 2000 114 STAT. 1447
- Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress
- American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress