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Preserving History, Honoring Sacrifice

SU hosts opportunity for veterans to share their stories

Written by Mike Thee
Photography by Chuck Kuo
September 11, 2017

More than a dozen veterans shared their personal stories through a special project hosted by the Seattle University Veterans Community (SUVC) last month. 

In coordination with the office of Congressman Adam Smith, SU welcomed the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) to campus on Aug. 24. SU volunteers assisted in a number of ways with the event, including interviewing those who arrived to share their stories. 

“The goal of the VHP is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of veterans who choose to share their life’s journey from civilian, to soldier, to veteran,” wrote Congressman Smith’s office in a news release. “(T)his event highlighted the importance of collecting the personal accounts of our nation’s unsung heroes. The VHP is one small way that we can honor our veterans’ sacrifice and bravery, by preserving their legacy.” 

In addition to the 13 veterans who were videotaped at SU, a few who were unable to make the event will be submitting videos directly to the Library of Congress.

“It was great to see veterans from undergrad, grad, and law school all come together to support this event,” says Tom Hove, a veterans advocate with Seattle University’s Veterans Resource Center. “Many of the volunteers ended up telling their own stories.” 

Congressman Smith’s office lauded SUVC for hosting the event and acknowledged the group’s collaboration with other community organizations to connect participating veterans with wrap-around services in the realms such as employment, disability claims, housing opportunities and education benefits. 

“It was absolutely fantastic to see departments across Seattle University as well as community partners come together to support this event,” says Hove. 

Visit Veterans History Project to view more photos taken by Chuck Kuo and Matthew Lipsen.