WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 4511, the Gold Star Families Voices Act by voice vote. H.R. 4511 would allow Gold Star Families to contribute the stories of their fallen family members to the Veterans History Project (VHP). The VHP was started in 2000 by Congress and is overseen by the Library of Congress for the purpose of cataloging the stories of war veterans. To date, Gold Star Families have not been able to give the stories of their family members who died fighting for our country.
Following passage of the bill, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) released the following statement:
“The Veterans History Project has been a tremendous portal for keeping and archiving the stories of many of our Nation’s war heroes. Today’s vote gives us the opportunity to enhance this great program by creating a way to capture the lives of the veterans who can’t retell their own story because they gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. The Veterans History Project was created for the purpose of preserving the stories of our veterans, and this change will allow it to fulfill its mission completely.”