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How The Library Of Congress Is Collecting The Voices Of Veterans

A contingent of U.S. Marines advances along a Guadalcanal jungle road toward Tassafaronga in the Solomon Islands in February 1943 during World War II. (AP)
A contingent of U.S. Marines advances along a Guadalcanal jungle road toward Tassafaronga in the Solomon Islands in February 1943 during World War II. (AP)

Many veterans have never told the story of their military service. That could be because no one has bothered to ask. But now, the Library of Congress is acting.

Its Veterans History Project is collecting the memories of veterans, and is asking people to reach out to friends and family and record veterans talking about their lives and experiences.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Karen Lloyd, a retired Army pilot and the project’s acting director, and also shares a story about his father, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

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