Montgomery County Community College Records Veterans’ Stories for Library of Congress

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The Reading Room of the Library of Congress.
From left, military veterans William Keller, Joe Long, and Mike Brown stand outside the Veterans Resource Center at Montgomery County Community College. Photo courtesy of Linda Finarelli, Digital First Media.
From left, military veterans William Keller, Joe Long, and Mike Brown stand outside the Veterans Resource Center at Montgomery County Community College. Photo courtesy of Linda Finarelli, Digital First Media.

Most veterans have been shaped by the experiences and friendships they made while serving the country and have a unique story to tell, writes Linda Finarelli for the Times Herald.

Now, thanks to the Veterans Resource Center at Montgomery County Community College, those stories are being recorded for permanent archive in the Library of Congress.

The work is part of the Veterans History Project from the American Folklife Center started 16 years ago.

“It’s a benefit to all parties, not just the person telling the story, but the community at large,” commented Mike Brown, a counselor and coordinator at the Veterans Resource Center.

Brown started the process of interviewing and capturing audio recordings of veterans who are studying at MCCC last fall.

According to Brown, who served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army, there is a true disconnect between those in the military and the civilian population. He believes this is an amazing opportunity for others to hear about life in the military.

“It’s fascinating to listen to all the stories,” Brown said, adding that, at the end of the day, they are about “serving your country and doing something larger than yourself.”

Veterans who are interested in sharing stories of their military service may call the MCCC Veterans Resource Center at 215-619-7307 for more information.

Read more about the project at the Times Herald by clicking here.

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