11.15.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Gold Star Families

Senator Baldwin votes to help the families of fallen soldiers contribute stories about their loved ones to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted in support of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R.4511). The legislation will allow the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project to collect video and audio recordings of biographical histories from the immediate family members of service men and women who became missing in action or who died as a result of their wartime service. Currently, only living veterans are able to contribute to the Veterans Oral History Project, which excludes all of tales and narratives of our fallen soldiers.

“As we reflect on Veterans Day, it is important to remember that we have a shared responsibility to support veterans and their families every day,” Senator Baldwin said. “The Gold Star Family Voices Act will help ensure that the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered and that their service is honored. Their stories of sacrifice can be an inspiration to all of us, to do our part to serve those who have served.”

The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.