The "Voices of Veterans" oral history program seeks to record the stories of Texas veterans and archive the transcripts in the Office of Veterans Records for future researchers, historians, genealogists and the general public.
Every veteran has a story to tell, and this program will ensure these stories of courage and service can inspire Texans for generations to come.
Voices of Veterans represents the first time a state agency has ventured into the field of veterans' oral histories.
The Veterans Land Board is a natural host for the program, managing eight existing Texas State Veterans Homes. The homes currently provide long-term care for about 900 senior veterans, many of whom are eager to tell their story.
Veteran interviews are permanently archived in the Office of Veterans Records at the Texas General Land Office, where they join the historic documents of other Texas heroes such as Sam Houston, David Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Barret Travis.
The archives are made available to researchers, historians, genealogists and the general public to inspire future generations and remind us of our veterans' sacrifices.
Any veteran interested in including his or her story in the Voices of Veterans program should contact the Veterans Land Board at 1-800-252-VETS (8387), or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oral history interviews can be conducted in person at the Veterans Land Board in Austin, or by telephone from anywhere in Texas. Interviews usually last from one to two hours.
Joe Higham, a native of Johnstown, PA, served in the Navy during WWII as an electrician aboard a submarine hunter.
Capt Klomann served as a B-52 navigator-bombardier with the 348th Bomb Squadron at Westover AFB, Massachusetts, from May 1970 to until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on December 20, 1972.
James Preuit, a native of Seagraves, Texas, served as an aviation battery specialist in the U.S. Navy from 1951 through 1955.
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