WQPT is leading the charge to capture veteran stories
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How to participate
If you are a veteran from any United States war or conflict, we invite you to share your story as part of the Veterans History Project.
Recording your story or the story of a friend or family member is easy. All you need is a video camera or recorder (you may check out and borrow equipment from WQPT). Interviews need to be at least 30 minutes in length. For more information. Read more about preparing.
How to sign up or learn more
Contact us online or call 309/764-2400.
About the project
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
You can search the database where more than 80,000 stories have been collected. Over 10,000 of those stories have also been digitized and are accessible online. Search now
The project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans. In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.
The goal of the project is to thank our veterans and remember our country's fallen soldiers, but also to ask the veterans in your life to record their stories. They serve as the most significant memorial we can possibly give to our nation's fallen and living veterans.
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About Stories of Service
"The programs (and content) featured as part of Stories of Service tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation's military history," said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. "As America's storyteller, we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs. Across the public television community, stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families."
Watch regional stories now and watch PBS' Stories of Service.