WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN?

Military members and Veterans know the true meaning of freedom. And, we want to hear those perspectives.

The VLB Voices of Veterans Oral History Program is working to honor our Veterans in a new video project that is taking place now through June 15.

To help honor our Veterans, submit a brief video about what freedom means by clicking the button below and completing the form.

Need more details? Call 1-800-252-8387.
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EVERY VETERAN HAS A STORY TO TELL

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.

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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 vlbinfo@glo.texas.gov.

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.


HIGHLIGHT INTERVIEWS

Bernsen, James »

A gradudate of Texas A&M, James Bernsen was working for a U.S. Senator on September 11, 2001 and decided to enter the U.S. Armed Forces after that fateful day. 

Buford, Buck »

A native of Livingston, TX, Mr. Buck Buford entered the Texas National Guard in the 1950s and later served in the U.S. Army.

Turner, Buck »

A native of the small town of Woodson, Texas (approx. 100 miles west of Ft. Worth), Mr. Buck Turner served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was captured and taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese when the Phillipines fell. 

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TELL YOUR STORY

If you are a veteran and would like to share your story, please let us know!

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