Everyone who has put on the uniform and served our nation has a story, and no two are alike.

However, they do have one thing in common: every story should be told and recorded so that they can inspire the next generation. The stories of grit, perseverance and determination should be preserved as threads that make up the fabric of our nation’s history of military service.

That’s why I’ve teamed up with the folks at Indian River State College (IRSC) to launch a new initiative to make sure as many local veterans as possible have a chance to be a part of the Veterans History Project: Operation Sacred Legacy.

There are two ways you can get involved with our mission: if you are a veteran, you can share your story.  It takes a special kind of person to put on the uniform in defense of our nation and those who do are living and breathing pieces of the history of the United States.  The Veterans History Project helps preserve that history for generations to come.

If you are interested in helping veterans record their stories, you can sign up to be a volunteer.  Together with IRSC, we’re hosting training sessions, where you’ll learn how to collect the interviews and submit them to the Library of Congress.  Whether you’ve worn the uniform or not, this is an incredible chance to make a difference and hear some powerful stories.

I’ve personally shared my story with the Veterans History Project, and I hope many of you will too.  Operation Sacred Legacy is a project that builds on the future for the next generations with the stories of the past.  Participating in Operation Sacred Legacy is an excellent way to make sure your story can inspire those who follow in your footsteps and choose to serve.

For more information, visit https://mast.house.gov/vhp.