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 2022
In 2022, StoryCorps will partner with local stations in the following cities to record stories of veterans and their families both in person and in our “virtual recording booth.” Follow us on Facebook and Twitter 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.
|Washington, D.C.||WAMU||April 11–22||No appointments available|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Public Radio||June 6-17||No appointments available|
|Cheyenne, Wyoming||Wyoming Public Media||July 18-29||No appointments available|
|Cheyenne, Wyoming||Wyoming Public Media||September 6-9||No appointments available|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Public Radio||September 13-14||No appointments available|
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
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.
We work with national and community-based organizations to assure we reach people of all backgrounds. Recent partners include:
|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|