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VHP Collections We Love: Marva Gray

Posted by: Megan Harris

This is the fourth in a series exploring favorite Veterans History Project collections, chosen by the staff of the American Folklife Center (AFC) and the Veterans History Project (VHP) to be included in our new online exhibit celebrating 20 years of VHP. Each post in the series will offer “love letters” written by AFC and …

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The Last Sunday in September

Posted by: Kerry Ward

The last Sunday in September marks Gold Star Mothers and Family’s day- a day for our nation to show our profound gratitude and respect for the families of our fallen.  Last year, the Library of Congress invited Gold Star families to join us so that we could celebrate the lives, service and love of their …

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Food for Thought: Veteran Entrepreneurship and Post Traumatic Stress

Posted by: Kerry Ward

Veteran-owned businesses are not a new concept.  In fact, 49.7 % of World War II veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Here is another statistic for you to chew on: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ most recent statistics estimate that one in …

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VHP’s Newest Online Feature: ‘First, Serve: Athletes in Uniform’

Posted by: Lisa Taylor

The following is a guest post by Matt McCrady, a Digital Conversion Specialist for the Library of Congress. Particularly during wartime, joining the military often means putting on hold important aspects of one’s life, such as college or marriage. Similarly, the unexpected draft notice can mean the end of a promising college athlete’s hope for …

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Which One Do You Love Most?

Posted by: Lisa Taylor

It’s Valentine’s Day. It seems everyone has love on their minds today—at least half of us, anyway. Last year, the National Retail Federation predicted that 54.7% of the United States adult population was planning to celebrate the holiday with their significant others, friends or pets to the tune of nearly $20 billion. Yes, billion with …

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VHP’s Newest Online Exhibit: The GI Bill: 75 Years of Opportunity

Posted by: Megan Harris

Today, the Veterans History Project launches a new online exhibit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a piece of legislation that forever altered the American veteran experience: the GI Bill. In June 1944, Army Corporal John Kuhlman was in training at Fort Crook, Nebraska, and focusing on his eventual transfer overseas. While he anxiously considered …

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An Unexpected Opportunity

Posted by: Lisa Taylor

The following is a guest blog post by Brandon Lithalangsy, a student at the University of Central Arkansas, and former intern in the office of Senator John Boozman (AR). Being in the military, there are times we forget about those who have left the service.  It is important to remember their stories and the lessons …