Who is eligible to submit their service story to the Veterans History Project?

The Veterans History Project (VHP) welcomes collections from or about veterans who served in the U.S. military, in any capacity, from World War I to the more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, regardless of branch or rank, and are no longer serving.

VHP accepts the stories of veterans as defined by by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

“A person who served in the active military service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

Under the Gold Star Families Voices Act, VHP also accepts oral histories by immediate family members (parent, spouse, sibling, or child) of “members of the Armed Forces who died as a result of their service during a period of war.” Due to the sensitive nature of the Gold Star oral histories, VHP requires a minimum age of 18 for both the interviewers and the interviewees.

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Last Updated: Jun 17, 2022
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We cannot provide service records for veterans (contact the National Archives); advice on veteran benefits (contact the Department of Veterans Affairs).

For general information on military history, contact our general reference librarians.

Additional Ways to Contact Us

Send written correspondence to:

Veterans History Project
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540