Schupp Announces 500th Interview For Missouri Veterans History Project

Nancy Keyser (314) 420-4350

August 14, 2013


Representative Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) has announced that volunteers of the Missouri Veterans History Project have recorded the 500th interview of a Missouri Veteran. The videotaped stories are archived by the Library of Congress and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

“We are thrilled with the success of this project,” Schupp said. “Preserving the firsthand accounts of our Veterans helps future generations better understand their commitment and sacrifice for our country.”

Don Aird, a Vietnam Veteran who is the 500th participant to share his story, said the project is especially meaningful to him.

“When I came back from Vietnam, nobody wanted to hear about our experiences. The ability to tell our stories is important to history and healing for us,” Aird said.

“Serving as an honor guard at military funerals, I too often hear family members regret not having learned more about their loved one’s life and service before it was too late,” he said. “This project ensures that won’t happen for those who participate.”

Schupp helped found the program in 2011 after dollars were cut from a state-funded veterans recording initiative. She now serves as chair emeritus of the volunteer-driven effort.

More participants and volunteers are needed to interview and videotape veterans in the St. Louis area and across the state. “This success means we need more volunteers and donations to pay for equipment and supplies. We don’t want the experiences of any Missouri Veteran to be lost to history,” said Schupp

The project is open to every Missouri Veteran regardless of age or when they served.

Each veteran receives a DVD copy of his or her interview at no charge. Veterans and volunteers interested in participating can call 573-522-4220 or e-mail [email protected]


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Jill Schupp for State Senate
418 North Mosley, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314) 225-1410 [email protected]

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