Cen­tral Val­ley Veterans History Project Launched

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U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeff Den­ham (R-Tur­lock) re­cently pub­lished the first in a se­ries of short video clips from in­ter­views he con­ducted for the Li­brary of Congress’ Veterans History Project. The video, shared on Rep. Den­ham’s Face­book, Twit­ter and YouTube pages, is also the in­au­gu­ral post in his Thank-A-Vet Thurs­day so­cial me­dia ini­tia­tive.

“It’s an honor to rep­re­sent so many who wore the cloth of this na­tion and bravely went to war to serve their coun­try and de­fend our free­doms right here in the Cen­tral Val­ley,” said Rep. Den­ham. “The Veterans History Project is a great op­por­tu­nity for th­ese men and women to archive and share their memories, and I’m priv­i­leged to have con­ducted sev­eral in­ter­views for this ini­tia­tive.”

The Veterans History Project was cre­ated through an act of Congress in 2000 and in­vites veterans from con­flicts rang­ing from World War I to the Iraq War to share their story through au­dio or vis­ual in­ter­views, mem­oirs or pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­ta­tion for archival with the Li­brary of Congress. The fea­tured video posted on Aug. 17 high­lights Roy Haury, a Korean War vet­eran from Pat­ter­son, who sat down with Rep. Den­ham ear­lier this month to share his memories from the war and how his ser­vice has im­pacted his life.

The video was posted us­ing the hash­tag #TVT, the hash­tag as­so­ci­ated with “Thank-A-Vet Thurs­day.” #TVT is a so­cial me­dia ini­tia­tive Rep. Den­ham is un­der­tak­ing to uti­lize so­cial me­dia to spot­light and thank veterans for their ser­vice. Sim­i­lar to #TBT, which is com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the “Throw­back Thurs­day” trend, Den­ham in­vites and en­cour­ages so­cial me­dia users to post photos and videos of veterans in their com­mu­nity us­ing #TVT to rec­og­nize and raise aware­ness of the great history of the na­tion’s armed ser­vices and ser­vice mem­bers.

More clips of in­ter­views with veterans from Cal­i­for­nia’s 10th con­gres­sional district will be posted on Den­ham’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels as well as his web­site on Thurs­days as part of #TVT in the coming weeks. Den­ham plans to sub­mit the full in­ter­views to the Li­brary of Congress for pro­cess­ing and in­clu­sion in the Veterans History Project later this fall. The full in­ter­views will also be posted to Den­ham’s YouTube page once they have been of­fi­cially sub­mit­ted. To learn more about the Veterans History Project and learn how you can par­tic­i­pate, visit https://www.loc.gov/vets or https://den­ham.house.gov/con­stituent-ser­vices/vet­er­an­shis­tory-project.htm.

Con­gress­man Jeff Den­ham rep­re­sents Cal­i­for­nia’s 10th con­gres­sional district, which in­cludes Stanis­laus County and a por­tion of San Joaquin County. He is the chair­man of the House Trans­porta­tion and In­fras­truc­ture Sub­com­mit­tee on Rail­roads, Pipe­lines and Haz­ardous Ma­te­ri­als and also serves on the House Com­mit­tees on Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

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