The U.S. Congress has passed a measure that would expand a Library of Congress project which collects stories from veterans. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) supports the legislation that would also allow the project to include narratives from family of missing or fallen soldiers.
“This legislation would ensure that the stories of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice would now be included in the archives,” says Blunt. “We wouldn’t be who we are today if it wasn’t for the acts of courage and selflessness of our fallen heroes. We owe it to them, but we also owe it to their families.”
The bi-partisan measure, called the Gold Star Families Voices Act, is headed to the President Barack Obama’s desk.
“Families of these fallen heroes are in the best position to share their stories so that future generations of Americans may never forget the people we owe our freedom to and our opportunity to,” says Blunt.
The Veterans History Project, which was established by Congress in 2000, includes stories of more than 100,000 veterans who have served since World War I. The authorizing legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Amo Houghton (R-NY), and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland (D-Georgia) and Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton (D).
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