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NCRF asks you to “Make the Promise”

September 20, 2012

In 2013, NCRF will celebrate its 10th anniversary in partnership with the Library of Congress on the poignant Veterans History Project (VHP).   We’re so proud of that!  With the help of many NCRA members over those years, we’ve coordinated the completion and submission of over 2,600 veterans’ histories to the Library of Congress for inclusion in its Veterans History Project archives.  That’s about 24 histories a month, which is great.

Here’s where we need you to Make the Promise.  To celebrate our 10-year partnership on VHP, we want to reach 3,000 histories submitted by Memorial Day 2013.  To do that, we need to complete about 50 a month from October through May.  Yes—it’s ambitious, but we can do it with your help! 

Veterans Day is fast approaching.  You don’t need to wait until then, but it’s the perfect time to get involved! 

Host a VHP Day in your office, court, or school.  In one day, you can collect 10 or more histories. 

Interview a family member or friend.  Surely you know someone who has served our nation to protect our freedoms. 

Tell your local Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, or Disabled American Veterans posts about VHP, and work with them to conduct interviews of their members. 

Or contact NCRF to get a history that’s already recorded and transcribe it. NCRF has all of the information and tools you need to get involved. 

Honor those who have served in the Armed Forces during periods of war by collecting and transcribing their stories for VHP.  Without their sacrifices, all of us would not live as freely as we do.  Have the satisfaction of knowing that you provided an invaluable historical recollection that otherwise might never have been preserved. 

Registered court reports are eligible to receive 0.25 Professional Development Credit (PDC) for each completed transcription, and they can earn a maximum of 1.0 PDC for transcribing four veterans’ oral histories during the three-year certification cycle. 

Contact Beth Kilker, NCRF’s Oral Histories Program Coordinator, at 800-272-6272, ext. 174, or at to Make the Promise.