Veteran Stories to be Shared



StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, an oral history project honoring veterans, service members, and military families, is partnering with Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University to record and preserve the community’s stories.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College students who are post 9/11 Veterans, service members and military family members are invited to have a conversation with a family member, friend, comrade or colleague. They will have 40 minutes of uninterrupted time to talk to each other about anything that is meaningful to them. StoryCorps will record their conversation on a CD, and with the student’s permission, archive it at the Library of Congress so it will be preserved for future generations.

Recording for the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative will take place from July 16 to 18 at WMUK’s studio at WMU.

Elizabeth Lyons, Director of Veteran Services at Kalamazoo Valley, said six to nine students from Kalamazoo Valley are sought for the project. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our service members and military families,” Lyons said. “The recording can serve as a lasting memoir for their families for generations to come.

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To sign up to participate, contact Lyons by June 27 at or 269.488.4873.