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NCRF hosts first DAV/VHP Day at NCRA

January 25, 2012

On Saturday, January 14, 2012, NCRF hosted a Disabled American Veterans/Veterans History Project (DAV/VHP) Day at NCRA Headquarters. The DAV Charitable Service Trust awarded a $5,000 grant to NCRF to expand the VHP by interviewing disabled veterans, and this was the first of many events NCRF will host with DAV Chapters across the nation. The event was a great success thanks to the efforts of so many people who came together to honor the veterans who agreed to tell their stories for the VHP.

Fourteen veterans, representing wartime service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan, attended and were interviewed for the VHP. Their stories will be archived at the Library of Congress where they will be made available to researchers, historians, and the public.

Five Washington, D.C.-area court reporters did our profession proud by volunteering their time and talent on a Saturday to record and transcribe the oral histories. The volunteers were Tracy Dunlap, RPR, CRR; Terri Etekochay, RPR; Christine Hartman, CBC, CCP; Julie Richer, RPR; and Katy Zamora, RPR, CRR. Two court reporters did double duty and volunteered to be interviewers.

Representatives of the Disabled American Veterans and the Library of Congress also participated; they met the veterans and provided assistance and guidance, if needed. They also conducted interviews, and as vets themselves, they shared their stories for posterity.

It was an amazing collaboration of people who were there to honor those who served our nation during periods of war.