In partnership with the Veterans History Project we preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Veterans’ oral histories provide a lasting tribute and record of a serviceman or woman’s service. The interview is recorded and the AVM provides a copy to the veteran.
The oral history team has collected more than 180 stories so far. Col. Suellyn Wright Novak and the oral history team travels far and wide to collect these important stories. She has even flown out to the villages to collect WW II veterans’ stories.
As Alaska is home to the most veterans of any state in the union, we have made a good start but need your help in finding veterans willing to share their stories.
As a nation, we are losing 2000 WW II and Korea veterans a day, we are trying to focus on these first, but no veteran will be turned away. We often hear a veteran say “But I didn’t do anything special” or “My service was boring, I saw no combat.” Nothing could be further from the truth, as each serviceman or woman has a picture that together makes a beautiful photo mosaic of what service in our armed forces truly is. We have a unique brother and sisterhood unmatched by any other group in the world.
Contact the AVM and request an oral history package today. We can help you complete the paperwork, copy your photos and documents and record, for all times, your service to our great nation. God bless America, our troops, and our veterans.
If you would like to contact us to learn more about how you can contribute or if you need help completing your story’s application, please fill in the form below