Veterans History Project
California’s 51st district is home to Naval Base San Diego, Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, and Naval Air Station El Centro. Many active duty servicemembers decide to make San Diego County and Imperial County home when transitioning out of the military. My district has a robust population of war veterans rich with amazing stories of sacrifice and grit during their time serving our country. These stories need to be preserved, which is why the Library of Congress created the Veterans History Project.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Since the VHP was approved by Congress in 2000, over 100,000 veterans have described their service in audio and video recordings that are now part of the collection. Submissions have been archived from veterans of World War I through Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. These men and women participated and witnessed some pivotal events in our nation’s history.
Our offices would like to extend an invitation to the War Veterans in our district to participate and share their stories and have them captured and preserved by the American Folklife Center. I want to make sure this collection includes examples of courage, bravery and service of as many residents from California’s 51st district as possible.
Many of us have family members and friends who have served in the Armed Forces. Capturing and preserving their memories is a great way to honor their service and commitment to our country.