Two members of Congress expressed their appreciation of the Veterans History Project (VHP) in a July 28, 2005, letter encouraging their colleagues to become involved in the nationwide effort to collect and preserve the memories of America's war veterans.
"Established by a unanimous vote in the House and Senate in 2000, the VHP has performed a service to the nation that far exceeds our expectations," said Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in the "Dear Colleagues" letter they signed. Kind sponsored the legislation creating the VHP in 2000, and Lugar (pictured at left) has submitted more than 5,000 interviews from his constituents.
Kind and Lugar noted that the VHP had earned Harvard University's Ash Institute award—the "Oscar" of government awards—as "one of the 50 'most creative, forward thinking, results-driven government programs at the federal, state, county and city level.'"