“Our veterans have served this country bravely and courageously. Many veterans choose to live in the Puget Sound region after their service, and it is my honor to represent them in Congress. It is important that we remember the courage and commitment of the heroic men and women who protected us and fought to ensure our freedom.  In coordination with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, my office recently hosted our Second Annual Veterans History Project (VHP) at Seattle University. The goal of the VHP is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of veterans who choose to share their life’s journey from civilian, to service member, to veteran.

“Together with volunteers from the Renton Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, my office was able to record personal accounts from over thirteen veterans at this year’s event. Through partnerships with veteran community stakeholders, the event also provided wraparound services for the veterans in attendance. Organizations like the Seattle University Student Veteran’s Community, Compass Housing Alliance, the Disabled American Veterans, Comcast, and Amazon were able to lend their expertise to veterans on employment, disability claims, housing opportunities, and education benefits and services in our community. As always, this event highlighted the importance of collecting the personal accounts of our nation’s unsung heroes. The VHP is one small way that we can honor our veterans’ sacrifice and bravery, by preserving their legacy.”  

 

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Photo Credit: Seattle University Veteran’s Community

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More photos from the event can viewed here: https://goo.gl/DRC6G9

The Office of Congressman Adam Smith will be recording oral histories from veterans in our community on a rolling basis throughout the year. Interested community members can contact the Renton, District office at 425.793.5180 and visit Congressman Smith’s website for further information on how to participate in the VHP.

https://adamsmith.house.gov/veterans-history-project