The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) have partnered with the United States Library of Congress in a project to record the personal narratives and histories of U.S. veterans. The Veterans History Project was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000. The legislation authorizing this project received unanimous support from both the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed into law by President Clinton in October of that year. The Veterans History Project’s aim is to collect, preserve and make available the personal accounts of U.S. war veterans. Through the project’s efforts, the histories of the men and women who have served the country will be documented and protected for years to come. The hope is that, through these first-hand experiences, future generations will be able to learn about the realities of war.
The Veterans History Project is fairly extensive, collecting recorded accounts from Veterans who served in the following wars:
- World War I (1914-1918)
- World War II (1939-1945)
- Cold War (1947-1991)
- Korean War (1950-1953)
- Vietnam War (1961-1975)
- Grenada, American Invasion (1983)
- Panama, American Invasion (1989)
- Operation Restore Hope (1992-1993)
- Persian Gulf War (1991)
- United Nations Operation in Somalia (1991-1995)
- Haiti, American Intervention (1994-1995)
- Operation Allied Force (1999)
- Peacekeeping Forces, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995)
- Operation Joint Guardian (1999)
- War on Terrorism (2001-2009)
- Afghan War (2001)
- Iraq War (2003-2011)
However, in order for researchers to effectively document and preserve these histories, the recordings must be transcribed. Because of this need, the NCRF and the NCRA have partnered with the Library of Congress in this project. Members of the NCRA have the unique opportunity to contribute to this endeavor, transcribe the recordings of these veterans and help to preserve a valuable history.
This chance to transcribe the personal histories of U.S. veterans, for the benefit of researchers and the American public, is no doubt its own reward. That said, there are further benefits for participating NCRA members. For each transcription completed, volunteers will receive 0.25 professional development credits (PDCs). Volunteers can earn up to 1.0 PDCs for completing four transcriptions within a three-year certification period, at no personal cost. Of course, every NCRA member is encouraged to contribute as much as they are able.
If you are an NCRA member, please consider contributing your services to the Veterans History Project. This is an incredible opportunity to help preserve the voices of our nation’s heroes. These brave men and women deserve to be heard, to be remembered, to have their stories echo throughout history. For more information on the project and to sign up to participate, visit the NCRA webpage.
For our part, Connor Reporting is incredibly excited about this project. As a company, we are eager to give back and thank those individuals who have served our country. If you know any veterans who would like their personal accounts to be preserved, please reach out to us! We are happy to coordinate with families; we can meet in our offices or visit the homes of the veterans to help record these histories. If you or someone you know is interested, don’t hesitate to contact us at:
111 Monument Circle Suite 4350, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Like many Americans, this endeavor is very close to our hearts. We would be so honored to help guard the stories of those who have put their lives on the line for our country.