The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects first-person accounts of military service in World War II, wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Congressman Jeff Landry visited with Robert Lear’s honors American history class last Thursday, Aug. 25, to kick start the VHP here in St. Martin Parish.
Lear’s class will visit with veterans in the community, interview them, record their stories and submit them to be included in the Library of Congress.
The visit also included an account from Command Sergeant Major Randy Vidrine, who explained to the class that American history is based on what those in the armed services have given to us. Service men and women fought to give us our independence.
Vidrine also explained that there is nothing good or glamorous about war and warned students that they may not hear only what they want to hear. He also said there are worse things than death, for example, being a slave.
If you’re a veteran, and you want to take part in the VHP, contact Jacques Migues with Congressman Landry’s office, at 337-359-9080 and he will get a student in touch with you.
Watch subsequent issues of the Teche News, we’ll be running the interviews with pictures of the veterans now and at their time of service.