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Ozarks Veterans are Invited to Share Their Stories

Local veterans are invited to share their stories through a Missouri program aimed at preserving the experiences of veterans across the state. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The Missouri Veteran Stories project is led by the Office of Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. Since 2005, the goal has been to capture video interviews with Missouri veterans. The interviews have been compiled onto the Missouri Veteran Stories website as a way to honor those Missouri residents who have served in the U.S. military. Randy Murray is the co-owner of Patriot Productions, the firm that records and compiles the interviews.

“We do believe that we’re in a race against time to collect as many stories of our aging veteran population as we possibly can,” said Murray.

The Missouri Veteran Stories project will be at the Library Center Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 7 pm to interview veterans from the Ozarks. Anyone who has served in the military can contact the project to set up a time for their interview. Over 20 local veterans have already scheduled to participate in the project. Murray is especially interested in preserving the stories of aging World War II and Korean War veterans. Murray decided to come to Springfield because the project has not been here yet, and he hopes to fill Thursday and Friday with as many interviews as possible.

“It’s really about what they want to talk about. There’s no real agenda other than to honor and salute them, and to provide an educational resource for people of all ages to be able to go to our website and see these stories,” Murray said.

To schedule an interview time, veterans can call 1-800-905-1536. To view the Missouri Veteran Stories online, you can click on the link below. For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.


Missouri Veteran Stories