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Kofa Veterans Heritage Project Chapter seeking military veterans to share their stories

VHP logoThe Kofa High School Chapter of the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) is looking for U.S. Military veterans who are willing to share their stories with student writers.

The Kofa chapter, in its fifth year of participation in the program, is the only one in Yuma County. In addition to conducting interviews, they have devoted their community service hours to veterans, including helping with Veterans Day activities, laying wreaths and crosses on veteran graves, and assisting the American Legion with some of their events.  

“Our community service activities have been limited in the past year because of COVID-19, but we did interview and publish five articles last year,” KHS teacher and VHP club advisor Tammy Foley said. “We conducted all interviews last year via Zoom meetings because of health and safety concerns and they will continue to be done that way this school year.”

VHP is a nonprofit organization which connects students with veterans. Students conduct recorded interviews of veterans which the students then use to write an article about the veteran’s life and military experience.  Each year these articles are published in a book, “Since You Asked,” which the veteran receives at no cost. Recordings of the interviews are sent to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The project was started by history teacher Barbara Hatch as a class assignment at Cactus Shadows High School. It has evolved into a statewide project with over 20 schools participating.

For those who are interested, please fill out the following brief form by clicking: 

A representative from the club will process the contact information, reach out, and set up a time that is convenient to conduct the interview. Pictures of your time in the service are welcome.  

Eric Patten