The mission of the Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of U.S. wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand their selfless service. Completely reliant on the voluntary participation of people around the country interviewing the veterans in their lives and communities, the Project holds more than 108,000 individual stories. MALA is working to expand the stories of Muslim American veterans in this collection, and we invite you to share your story as a veteran, or nominate a veteran you love for this project.
Veterans who served in the United States military, in any capacity, from World War I through recent conflicts, are eligible to participate, regardless of branch, rank, or military occupational specialty. Researchers, scholars and educators rely upon VHP collections as a primary source. These oral histories, photographs, manuscripts and other original materials are a rich supplement to historical texts, and a valued cultural resource. Veterans’ family members treasure the memories that are permanently preserved at the Library of Congress for future generations. And publishing these memories on the MALA website elevates public dialogue on Muslim-American identity in the twenty-first century.