Congressman Jim Baird searching for volunteers

VETERAN INTERVIEWS: To practice, volunteers ask veterans ice breaker questions at the training event.

The office of U.S. Rep. Jim Baird, R-4th District, is offering a training session for volunteers hoping to assist in collecting the oral history of veterans for the Veterans History Project (VHP).

The mission of the VHP is to protect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of wartime veterans so future generations can hear directly from them and better understand their service, according to a media release from Baird’s office.

Veterans, friends and family members of veterans, and any interested member of the community 16 years of age or older, are encouraged to participate. Those interested in attending the training should RSVP by email to Diane Hubbard at Diane.Hubbard@mail.house.gov or by calling the Danville District Office at 317-563-5567.

The training session will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Lafayette Family YMCA, 3001 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette.

The training session will provide participants with the skills to properly engage and interview veterans, making them feel most comfortable sharing their stories.

Attendees will learn how to prepare for the interview, what equipment to use, where to set the interview, how to ask questions in a respectful manner and how to properly submit materials to the Library of Congress. Attire is casual and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the Veterans History Project, please visit Congressman Baird’s website here.

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