The Library of Congress wants to hear from Colorado’s veterans.
The Veterans History Project is a collection of stories from members of the armed forces serving from World War I to the present. According to CPR, the library’s director, Karen Lloyd, received 3,400 veterans’ stories.
Lloyd, who is herself a veteran, said that of Colorado’s estimated 400,000 veterans, the collection has only heard from approximately 2,300.
The guidelines for participating are simple: Any volunteer may interview a veteran and send the recording to the Library. The project has detailed guidelines for interviewing, including sample questions like, “What kinds of friendships and camaraderie did you form while serving, and with whom?”
Gold Star families and a small number of civilians are also included in the collection.
One of the interviews features Mary Margaret Amick, a Castle Rock resident who was a machinist for Boeing during World War II. There were more women than men working at her shop, yet she said there was not equity.
“There were some men and the funny part of it was the men always got — even if they ran the same machine as you did — they got paid more than you did," she said.
Amick was also a member of a softball team of the kind made famous in “A League of Their Own.”
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has also requested Colorado’s veterans share stories with his office. Over one dozen are posted to a web page, including the personal essay of Army veteran Deborah K. of Monument.
“What people in Washington need to know about military life is that it is not easy, but always a choice,” she wrote. "We all love this country, even more than life itself. I would submit that many today have forgotten that. I wish other Americans knew the very same things and that sacrifice, though not always easy, is followed by pride.”