New Initiative Furthers the Number of Nebraska Veteran's Stories

July 15, 2019 - 1:23pm

A new partnership aims to expand the number of recorded stories of Nebraska veterans in the Library of Congress.

Governor Pete Ricketts announced Monday, the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs or NDVA, and the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association are partnering to further the number of stories in the Veterans History Project, a project of the Library of Congress.

John Hilgert, director of the NDVA, said this is a great opportunity for veterans and their families to make sure their stories aren’t forgotten.

“The actions that they participated in – the experience that they’ve had – all throughout the military – from the front, the rear, to helping the war effort – the entire production system – the entire roles that you played is important to the war effort," Hilgert said.

The new  "Sorghum Cares" initiative will send volunteers into veterans’ homes to record veterans’ stories. Nate Blum, executive director of the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association, will be conducting many of the taped interviews.

Ricketts said there are currently over 2,637 stories of Nebraska veterans in the Library of Congress and Hilgert said there are nearly 130,000 veterans in Nebraska.






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