U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) published the first in a series of short video clips today from interviews he conducted for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. While the Veterans History Project has been conducted in Northeast Ohio before, Rep. Gonzalez brings a new twist to the project, launching a social media initiative called Thank-a-Vet Thursday, or #TVT, to shine a spotlight on Northeast Ohio’s veterans and encourage members of the community to put aside time to say “thank you” to those who served our nation.
“Northeast Ohio’s veterans have a rich history of service to our nation, and there is never enough we can do to say thank you to these men and women for their devotion to our nation,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “My new #TVT initiative and our Veterans History Project is just one way I hope to be able to give back to our vets and highlight their stories for our community and as part of our nation’s history.”
The Veterans History Project was created through an act of Congress in 2000 and invites veterans from conflicts ranging from World War I to the Iraq War to share their story through audio or visual interviews, memoirs or photographic documentation for archival with the Library of Congress. This featured video highlights Army Veteran Russell R. Tobel of Berea who was drafted in 1966 to serve in the Vietnam War.
Rep. Gonzalez’s #TVT social media initiative, which plays off the #TBT, or ‘Throwback Thursday’, trend, hopes to encourage social media users to post photos and videos of veterans in their community using the #TVT hashtag to recognize and raise awareness of the great history of the nation’s armed services and servicemembers. For many veterans who often feel a disconnect when they return home civilian life, this initiative can serve as a way to share their experiences and find recognition and support here at home.
More clips of interviews with veterans from Ohio’s 16th Congressional District will be posted on Rep. Gonzalez’s official YouTube channel and Facebook pages on the first Thursday of every month as part of the #TVT initiative. Rep. Gonzalez plans to submit the full 30-45 minute interviews to the Library of Congress for processing and inclusion in the Veterans History Project in a special presentation around Veteran’s Day this fall after which they will be available for public view as part of the Library of Congress’ collection. To learn more about the Veterans History Project visit https://www.loc.gov/vets, and for information on how to participate, veterans can contact Rep. Gonzalez’s North Canton office at 330-599-7037.