Who is eligible to submit their service story to VHP?

Veterans who served in the U.S. military, in any capacity, from WWI to the present, regardless of branch or rank, and are no longer serving are eligible. VHP accepts the stories of veterans as defined by the 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 Voice 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” (Public Law 114-246 [PDF, 198 KB]). Due to the sensitive nature of the Gold Star oral histories, the Veterans History Project requires a minimum age of 18 for both the interviewers and the interviewees. 

Please see our Collections Policy Statement [PDF, 227 KB] for more information.


Last Updated: Aug 21, 2020
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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.

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