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Old 11-04-2003, 02:09 PM
Otis Willie

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Default Women Vietnam Vets to be Heard in Library of Congress Annals

Women Vietnam Vets to be Heard in Library of Congress Annals

(EXCERPT) Monday November 3, 3:43 pm ET

Verizon Grant to Fund Oral Educational Programs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The voices of some of the 256,000
women who served their country during the Vietnam conflict are about
to be heard, thanks in part to a $9,000 grant from Verizon Foundation,
the philanthropic arm of America's largest communications company.

During Veterans Day week, the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation
(VWMF) is collecting oral histories from women who served in military
and civilian roles to support the Vietnam War. VWMF plans to make the
histories a part of the Vietnam Veteran's History Project that will be
available to historians, researchers, and the general public through
the Library of Congress.

VWMF Founder and President Diane Carlson Evans, R.N., explains: "One
of our foundation's major missions is to educate the public to the
many roles women played during the Vietnam War. We hope to develop
interactive digital media as educational tools that target school-age
children. This grant from Verizon will help us reach this goal."

Laureen Otto, RN, VWMF Secretary and Archivist, who is coordinating
the oral history project, said, "The stories of these untold heroes
help our foundation fulfill our educational and healing mission."

This Veterans Day, VWMF is sponsoring a four-day celebration Nov. 8
through 11 to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic dedication of
the Vietnam Women's Memorial on the Mall.

More than 265,000 military women served America all over the world
during the Vietnam era. Approximately 11,000 mili...

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cannot be provided in its entirety. However, you can read it
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for your information and discussion.

Otis Willie
Associate Librarian
The American War Library
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