Story Corps: Military Voices Initiative

StoryCorps

The nonprofit organization, Serve Who Serve (www.servewhoserve.org) is proud to partner with StoryCorps to host and facilitate The Military Voices Initiative at two locations in the United States. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Over the last ten years, 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and millions of families have stood behind them at home. The military community knows well the challenges of multiple deployments, combat injuries, and long-awaited homecomings. Yet few civilians truly understand the complex realities of our troops’ service and sacrifice.The Military Voices Initiative (http://storycorps.org/initiatives/military-voices-initiative/)  amplifies their important stories and lets them know that we—as a nation—are listening.

Serve Who Serve is focused on a national cause to bring together families, community members, athletes, first responders, active duty and wounded combat veterans into a common space, sharing stories, learning from each other and supporting each other. Its mission is to facilitate and provide programs that will offer men, women and children opportunities to serve each other and selves while increasing free-market opportunities for all involved.

The Military Voices Initiative will be facilitated by Serve Who Serve in Blakely, Georgia (American International Marksmanship Academy) on October 26, 27 and 28 and then Burnet, Texas (Reveille Peak Ranch) on January 25, 26, and 27, 2013.

If you are interested in more information or having you story recorded, contact Candyss Bryant at 706-718-9520 or candyss@servewhoserve.org.