WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a longtime advocate of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP), hand-delivered interviews of Arkansas veterans for preservation in the collection to VHP Director Monica Mohindra.
Boozman submitted 14 interviews conducted by his staff with veterans of WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars as well as Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
“The Veterans History Project is a unique collection that celebrates the service and sacrifice of the men and women who wore our nation’s uniform. We need to remember our history, and getting firsthand accounts is one of the best ways to help do that. My dad, who was a waist gunner on B-17s in World War II and served 23 years in the Air Force, didn’t often talk of his experiences during the war and I wish I had asked more about that time in his life. My office is working to make sure that other families don’t have this same regret. I’m proud to support this endeavor and submit the interviews of Arkansas veterans for the benefit of future generations,” Boozman said.
In 2000, Congress established the VHP to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans.
Boozman’s staff has conducted dozens of interviews and trained more than 1,200 Arkansans to participate and spread awareness about this initiative. The senator regularly highlights the conversations in ‘Salute to Veterans,’ a series highlighting the memories of their time in uniform.