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Court reporters make headlines working with veterans

November 14, 2012

In the wake of Veterans Day yesterday, court reporters are making headlines nationwide because of their participation in transcribing veterans histories as a part of NCRF’s “Make the Promise” initiative.  From coast to coast, various media outlets reported on the suitable pairing of our nation’s veterans and the stenographers who took down their every word.

The National Court Reporters Foundation called for NCRA members and court reporters to participate in “Make the Promise,” an initiative with the goal of adding 3,000 veterans’ histories to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) by Veterans Day 2013. In nine years, NCRF has collected roughly 2,750 stories from vets by matching them with stenographers. The foundation hopes to achieve this milestone in celebration of their tenth anniversary with the VHP next year. 

In order to fulfill the “Make the Promise” goal, NCRF needs the help of volunteer court reporters.  For NCRA certified court reporters, transcribing a story has a special incentive:  Participation in the project earns NCRA members .25 PDCs per story, for which NCRF will pay all processing fees.

To get involved now, go to and get connected with a local vet.  Your contribution to “Make the Promise” will ensure that these invaluable histories are remembered forever. 

In case you missed it, here are links to some Veterans Day news that featured court reporters: