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Military Voices Initiative

Military Voices Initiative

How did you come to serve in the military? What is your proudest moment? During your service, can you recall times when you were afraid? What are your strongest memories from your time in the military? What lessons did you learn from this time in your life?

The Military Voices Initiative provides a platform for veterans, service members, and military families to share their stories. In doing so we honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we—as a nation—are listening.

For more than a decade, 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan while 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.

Recording Days in 2023

In 2023, StoryCorps will partner with local stations in the following cities to record stories of veterans and their families in person and in our “virtual recording booth.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on when and how to register to record your story, and prepare for your interview with this collection of suggested questions to ask your conversation partner.

Location Dates Appointments
Portland, ME (Virtual) April 24 – April 28 No available appointments at this time
Anchorage, AK (Virtual) May 8 – May 12 No available appointments at this time
Portland, ME (In-Person) May 29 – June 2 No available appointments at this time
Anchorage, AK (In-Person) July 24 – July 28 No available appointments at this time
Georgia TBD No available appointments at this time

To schedule your interview by phone, call 1-800-850-4406. English & Spanish available. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Not in a city that we’ll be visiting? You can record anywhere with the StoryCorps App. Learn more here.

Featured Stories from the Military Voices Initiative

“I was right there between two cultures that I love.”
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“As a Marine, I knew that we never go backwards. We always go forward.”
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A Life of Honor
The Last Viewing
The Nature of War

Did you miss us at the Library of Congress?

During this panel presentation on August 9, 2022, staff from the Library’s Veterans History Project (“VHP”) and StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative shared collection materials and discussed ways in which first person reflections and narratives help us understand the diverse experiences of active duty personnel and veterans alike. Hosted by the American Folklife Center — the archival home for the Veterans History Project.

Our Partners

We work with national and community-based organizations to assure we reach people of all backgrounds. Recent partners include:

Partner Location
Got Your 6 Washington, D.C.
Pat Tillman Foundation Chicago, IL
Veterans History Project (VHP) Washington, D.C.
Pritzker Military Library Chicago, IL
The Mission Continues St. Louis, MO
High School for Youth and Community Development New York City, NY
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Arlington, VA
Texas A&M University College Station, TX
Georgia Association to Benefit Veterans Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Los Angeles, CA
The American Military Partner Association San Diego, CA
Schultz Family Foundation Seattle, WA

Support for the Military Voices Initiative

The Military Voices Initiative is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Special thanks to Dignity Memorial for their sponsorship of the Military Voices Initiative broadcast on NPR in 2023.