November 8, 2013 Veterans History Project Explores Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts in New Web Feature

Contact: Megan Harris (202) 707-8205; Jeffrey Lofton (202) 707-6432

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Current Conflicts: Afghanistan and Iraq,” the 42nd installment of the “Experiencing War” series. This latest addition details the participants of the 21st-century conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, drawing 12 voices from a collection of more than 2,500 individual narratives. “Current Conflicts: Afghanistan and Iraq” is available at

“The first-person accounts of our most recent wartime veterans provide vivid insight into the headline and media accounts we have been hearing over the last decade,” said VHP Director Bob Patrick.

Featured veterans include Jaden Kim, a Korean-American female pilot with the Marine Corps who flew missions during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as Paul Franklin Mercer, an Army veteran wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq.

In commemoration of Veterans Day, the Library opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special open house on Monday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Veterans History Project will have staff available on the mezzanine level of the Thomas Jefferson Building near the exhibition "The Civil War in America" to talk with visitors about the VHP archive with its nearly 89,000 inspiring veterans' stories from WWI to the current conflicts. Staff will provide information about how visitors can record the stories of the veterans in their lives for the Veterans History Project.

Congress created the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the current conflicts, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. For more information, visit or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest Federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 155 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its website at


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