The Veteran’s History Project was launched nearly 20 years ago, long before the widespread use of smartphones and other digital media. These new technologies have eliminated many of the barriers to involvement, including printing forms, burning CD’s, manual tagging and notation, and mailing. Now users can complete and and submit their interviews to the Library of Congress through their smartphones.
The VHP app was created by sisters Dr. Jean Rhodes and Nancy McNamara along with Jean’s sons Thomas and Ian Wittrup. Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a leading scholar in the fields of youth mentoring and trauma. Nancy is a computer engineer and President of Academic Web Pages, the nation’s leading provider of websites for academic institutions. Through their own contributions of time and funding, and years of collaboration with VHP staff at the Library of Congress, Rhodes and McNamara have developed the VHP App, an easy-to-use app that meets all of the requirements specified by the Veterans History Project.
AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project (VHP). In addition to providing funding for the Project, AARP is also spreading the word to its 35 million members and 40,000 volunteers, encouraging them to get involved.