The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
VHP’s mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Veterans can record a 30 minute or longer conversation about their military experience, gather 20 or more pages of memoirs, diaries or journals, provide 10 or more photographs or letters and submit them to VHP for inclusion in this historical project. All submissions must be original materials and will become the property of the Library of Congress, so keep record copies.
Educators, researchers and scholars rely on the VHP collection to supplement historical texts and support research projects. Family members, friends and loved ones will treasure the memories that are permanently preserved for future generations.
VHP field kits that can be used by veterans, family members, friends or Boy Scouts to record the wartime stories can be downloaded and printed from the VHP website at www.loc.gov/vets. For those without Internet access, call 888-371-5848.
When was the last time estate planning documents were read? It’s a good idea to review documents at least every five years or upon an event that might require an edit of the documents.
First of all, locate the documents.

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If they can’t be found, make an appointment with legal to re-do them. Second, read them over carefully. Double check the names of beneficiaries, executors, etc. Are the executors and trustees of the will the right people for the job? 
Review the living will and health care power of attorney. Have the names or contact information updated and any changes in agents made. In the event of changes to be made, contact legal assistance to revise the documents.
Active duty or retired service members and their ID card holder family members may be eligible for legal assistance. For more information on modifying or updating documents and to find a legal assistance office nearby, call the nearest military installation or got to http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php .
Hope everyone enjoyed a safe Fourth of July. 
(Contact Vines at jim.helpingveterans@gmail.com.)