Veterans History Project

Texas is home to more than 1.5 million veterans, but only a small portion of their experiences have been preserved for posterity. As your Congressman, I am committed to supporting the 45,000 veterans who reside in the 26th District - including giving them an opportunity to tell their stories.

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the firsthand accounts of American wartime veterans so that future generations may learn about veterans’ experiences in their own words to better understand the realities of war.  The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000, and the project is overseen and archived by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (LOC).

Learn more about Congressman Burgess' work for North Texas veterans.

All veterans who reside in the 26th Congressional District are encouraged to register to be interviewed for the Veterans History Project. Interviews will be conducted every Tuesday at my Lake Dallas district office.  Sign up here for “Vet Talk Tuesdays” by submitting your interview request to my office by mail, email, or by calling my district office at 940-497-5031. (If you are unsure of your residency, please check here.)

After signing up, my staff will contact you to set up an interview date and time for your interview to be conducted at my Lake Dallas district office, located at 2000 S. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 200, Lake Dallas, TX 75065. Click here for a map. 

The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Cold War
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Grenada--History--American Invasion, 1983
  • Panama--History--American Invasion, 1989
  • Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • United Nations Operation in Somalia
  • Haiti--History--American intervention, 1994-1995
  • Operation Allied Force, 1999
  • Peacekeeping forces--Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Operation Joint Guardian, 1999-
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

In addition, U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) also are invited to share their valuable stories. Previously, I have been privileged to honor local veterans with the 26th District Congressional Veteran Commendation and have submitted their stories for inclusion in the Veterans History Project.

If you are a veteran who needs assistance in obtaining a copy of your military discharge (DD214), lost medals, missing records, or assistance in working with a federal agency, please complete a Request for Congressional Inquiry form or call my Lake Dallas district office at 940-497-5031. For questions regarding the Veterans History Project, would like to verify your residency in the 26th District or if you are experiencing a problem with a federal agency, please contact my Lake Dallas district office.