YAKIMA, Wash. — A project to document the service of veterans is under way, and the local chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help.
The Veterans History Project aims to honor veterans by interviewing them on video and placing their stories of service in a unique archive in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where they will be available to researchers and the public.
The Red Cross will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at its office at 302 S. Second St. to recruit volunteers for its local Services to the Armed Forces program, which will conduct the local portion of the national project.
Veterans are being sought to participate as well as family members of wartime veterans. Volunteers will be trained in conducting interviews.
The project stems from legislation unanimously approved by Congress in October 2000. In addition to creating an archive for scholars, it’s hoped that the project will inspire future generations to serve the country.
Upon request, families of the veterans who are interviewed will receive DVDs or CDs of their stories.
The Services to the Armed Forces program began with the establishment of the Red Cross in May 1881 and offers a range of services, including sending urgent messages from home to deployed service members to emergency financial assistance to qualifying military personnel and mental health counseling.