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Veterabs History Project Preserves War Stories

Last updated on Thursday, November 15, 2007

(BROWNSBURG) - AARP volunteers and staffers with Indiana Senator Richard Lugar are helping veterans preserve their war stories for future generations.

For more than three years, Lugar's office has promoted the Veterans History Project, recording the memories of the grunts who went to war, not just the generals. "We've gotten stories of people who have been the chefs, who have been on different ships out in the Pacific, people in Europe, in the fields, in the trenches," says Lesley Reser, Lugar's state director.

Reser says it's especially important to talk to World War II vets while they're still around.

You can listen to some of the interviews on the library of congress website at www.loc.gov. Eventually, the goal is to post all of them there.

Reser says staffers interview veterans almost daily, but conducts mass-interview events like the Brownsburg session about four-to-six times a year.

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