WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), will host a special Panel discussion on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. The discussion, called Empowering Today's Severely Injured Veterans, will include thought leaders representing a range of services working to bridge the military-civilian divide, particularly among the severely injured Veteran population. The event will run from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119, 101st St., SE, Washington, DC 20540, and the public is welcome to attend.
The Panel will be comprised of HFOT's President/CEO Brigadier General (USA, Ret.) Tom Landwermeyer, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Executive Director Steven Schwab; HFOT home recipients Army Sergeant (USA, Ret.) Steven and Samantha Curry; U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of Hiring Our Heroes Eric Eversole, and Veteran Service Organization Liaison and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, Jason Beardsley. Audience members can expect to learn about the daily challenges severely injured Veterans and their caregivers face, and the different institutions that have been instrumental in empowering them to find success in their personal and professional lives.
Following the Panel discussion, Homes For Our Troops will present four recorded audio interviews to be collected and preserved at The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress. The VHP collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may directly hear and better understand the realities of war. The following Veterans' stories will be archived in the Veterans History Project: Army Sergeant Peter Damon, Army Sergeant Michael Downing, Marine Corporal Steven Bultje, and Army Sergeant Patrick Wickens.
You can watch a webcast of the Panel discussion at www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress.
About Homes For Our Troops (HFOT): Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide to severely injured Post-9/11 Veterans. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 percent of every dollar spent has gone directly to our program services supporting Veterans. For more information, visit www.hfotusa.org.
About the Veterans History Project: The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collects and preserves the firsthand interviews and narratives of United States military Veterans from World War I through the present. In addition to audio- and video-recorded oral history interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from veterans who served in the US armed services from World War I through the present. The Project makes accessible the materials that comprise this important national archive, which contains submissions from every state, and includes the US territories. VHP relies on volunteers, both individuals and organizations, throughout the nation to contribute veterans' stories to VHP.
SOURCE Homes For Our Troops