Veterans Project preserves war memories

The Brownsville Herald posted a story on Oct. 13 about the Veterans History Project Day held in Hidalgo County, Texas. According to the paper, five veterans shared their stories, which will be sent to the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project. The Library of Congress was tasked with collecting and preserving veterans’ firsthand stories about the war efforts.

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ICRA partners with DMACC-Newton to host Veterans History Project

In honor of Veterans Day, the Iowa Court Reporters Association and the Des Moines Area Community College will jointly host a VHP Day on Nov. 7 at the school’s Newton, Iowa, campus, which houses the new court reporting program. The event will include more than two dozen court reporters who will serve as interviewers and transcribers. DMACC students, faculty, and staff members will also volunteer to interact with the veterans. Pam Burkle, RPR, who serves on ICRA’s Board of Directors, and Dr. Patti Ziegler, court reporting director at DMACC, were recently interviewed about the event by local radio station KCOB in Newton.

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Veterans share their stories in York County court

The York Dispatch featured an article on Sept. 29 about a Veterans History Project Day held Nov. 26 in York, Pa., at the county’s judicial center. A total of 11 World War II and Korean War veterans participated in the event. A second round of interviews is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the same location. NCRA member Annette DeWald, RPR, CRI, head court reporter in York County, was quoted about the importance of preserving veterans’ histories.

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Oregon court reporting association pairs with state bar to host Veterans Day event

In recognition of Veterans Day 2014, the Oregon Court Reporters Association and the Oregon State Bar’s Military and Veterans Law Section have partnered to host a Veterans History Day event Sat., Nov. 8 at locations in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford, and Bend.

“The members of the Oregon Court Reporters Association are very excited to be a part of this effort, and several members of its Board of Directors have volunteered to organize events in their respective cities,” said OCRA president and court reporter Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, who is coordinating the project.

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Help NCRF meet its goal: 3,500 completed veterans’ histories by Veterans Day!

Back in the spring, the National Court Reporters Foundation set a goal — yes, an ambitious goal — to have 3,500 veterans’ history transcripts submitted to the Library of Congress by Veterans Day 2014, and you are making it happen.

Thanks to court reporters around the country, NCRF has submitted almost 3,400 to the Library of Congress as of the end of August 2014. We’re so close! Furthermore, transcribing a 60-90 minute veteran’s history from a streaming audio or video file earns 0.25 Professional Development Credits per interview (a maximum of four interviews for 1.0 PDC in your three-year CEU cycle).

Help us meet our goal:

  • Volunteer to transcribe recorded interviews.
  • Interview a veteran in your community and transcribe the history.
  • Host a VHP day in your school, firm, or courthouse.

Why?

  • Earn free PDCs, if you’re a certified court reporter.
  • Get a free NCRA student membership, if you’re a student and transcribe two histories.
  • Experience a veteran’s story firsthand.
  • Feel humbled and gratified.
  • Help preserve America’s history.

It’s more rewarding than you can imagine!

Just go to NCRA.org/vets for all of the information you’ll need on how to participate in the Veterans History Project.

Remember: 3,500 by Veterans Day! We can do it together.

NCRA member calls on veterans to share their stories

An article posted on Fox43.com on Aug. 21 highlights a call for local veterans who served during WWII or the Korean War to share their stories for the Veterans History Project on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, at the York County Courthouse in York, Pa. The effort is being spearheaded by NCRA member Stephanie Jo Knaper, CRI, an official court reporter from Red Lion, Pa., and Dave Sunday, an assistant district attorney. Both work at the York County Courthouse.

The Veterans History Project is an initiative of the Library of Congress. NCRA and the National Court Reporters Foundation became involved in the project several years ago. Transcripts of the veterans’ interviews recorded by court reporters are turned over to the Library of Congress for its archives.

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NCRF unveils toolbox with resources for students, reporters, firm owners, and others

During the Friday afternoon session entitled “Powered by NCRF: New Tricks, Tips, and Techniques” at the 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo in San Francisco from July 31 – Aug. 2, Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, CRR, and Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS unveiled several new resources in the new NCRF toolbox, which include the Career Day in a Box, the Professionalism Institute seminars, and the Veterans History Project. The seminar, however, functioned as a brainstorming session as well as an unveiling; Sanchez and Ballman took suggestions from the audience on the NCRF tools. Several members of the audience were especially interested in how these new tools could be used through the schools.

Many of the tools that Sanchez and Ballman presented can be used both by firm owners hiring young professional reporters and by the young professionals themselves, looking to strengthen their skills. NCRF is also interested in partnering to find new avenues to present their resources.

Ballman took some time to discuss how a couple more familiar programs, the Oral History Program and Veterans History Project, apply to the new initiatives. Participating is not only rewarding, but a good way to showcase reporting skills and firm brands, especially during a VHP Day, Ballman pointed out. Reporters and firm owners who are interested in hosting a VHP Day can find opportunities to partner with their local bar associations or videographers, which has been a successful strategy for members in Oregon for example.

Ballman encouraged attendees to keep track of what leadership initiatives they’re doing on their resumes, and not just students, but professional reporters who are looking to get more involved in their local, state, and national associations.

More information on the NCRF toolbox will be available in the fall.

Alvin Community College takes down veterans’ war memories

Court reporting students at Alvin Community College in Texas welcomed 14 military veterans who talked about their days of war, according to the July 31 Houston Chronicle. The narratives will be sent to the Library of Congress as part of its Veterans History Project, which documents the experiences of veterans. Court reporters have volunteered to transcribe in-person interviews and audiotapes of veterans for more than 10 years for the Veterans History Project.

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Living history: Valley veterans tell their stories

The Valley Morning Times, San Benito, Texas, ran an article on June 7 about a local Veterans History Project that was the collaboration of volunteers from the Texas Court Reporters Association and the State Bar of Texas. A total of six military veterans from the Rio Grande Valley shared their personal stories at the event.

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Member finds opportunity to transcribe WWII history

When Kevin Daniel, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, and his wife, Mary Daniel, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, went on a cruise along the Seine River in France, he didn’t expect to end up using his reporting skills. But when the tour company organized an evening with Andre Heinz, a member of the French Resistance during WWII, Daniel saw an opportunity.

“The trip started in Normandy, so the D-Day invasion was certainly on our minds,” said Daniel. “Having been previously involved with the Veterans History Project, it occurred to me that this might be an interesting opportunity to interview another veteran.”

Daniel received permission from both Heinz and the ship’s program director to record the hour-long speech, and he plans to transcribe it now that he has returned to the United States.

Heinz lived in Caen in Normandy and was in his twenties during WWII, joining the Resistance early on. His primary role was giving information to the Allies about German positions. During the D-Day invasion, when he was cut off from Resistance activities, he was part of the emergency team at the Red Cross hospital. He is a Chevalier, or knight, within the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.

Since Heinz is not an American citizen, his transcript cannot be included with the Veterans History Project. Daniel, however, is looking into the appropriate places to submit the transcript when it is finished, including whether France has an archive similar to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.