This is a casual conversation where we ask questions about the veteran’s early family history, their service history and some post-service history. This is about the person, not just the service.
We do this first for the veteran’s family and friends and then for anyone interested in family, hometown or service history. It takes about three hours, but the time passes quickly. There is no charge for this service and we give the veteran a DVD copy at the end of the interview. This is a chance to do a video biography that could cost over $100 if done commercially, but the veteran gets it for free because they served.
It began when my dad recorded three hours of his life history for his kids. Now we want to do this for your family. We get no compensation except that we make a lot of wonderful friends. I feel so strongly about this that I’m willing to give out my home phone number: 643-9043 (or reach me at the email below).
The second greatest gift my dad gave me was his recorded story.
Don McAllister directs the National Veteran’s Historical Archive. His column appears the second Sunday of each month. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.nvharchive.org.