how it works

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Locate a U.S. military veteran

Locate a U.S. military veteran or a civilian that took an active role in supporting the U.S. Military war efforts. This might be a member of your family or community, or you can reach out to veterans’ organizations. See the “Locate a Vet”

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Prepare for the interview

  • Reach out to veteran before the interview and, if possible, complete the biographical data form together (found in the App).
  • Conduct background research on relevant information (e.g., veteran’s service branch, war).
  • Identify a quiet, well-lit room for the interview (e.g., veteran’s home, library).
  • For better quality, bring a tripod and lapel microphone.
  • Bring along a charger, notebook, pen and tissues.
  • Make sure iPhone is fully charged and silenced.

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Conduct the interview

  • Click on large round orange microphone then click on Add Interview (+) button in upper right hand corner.
  • Enter the veterans name, and take a photo of the veteran.
  • Complete required forms and select your questions. Note: the red flame symbol indicates a potentially challenging question for a veteran.
  • Select audio or video format.
  • Begin recording, pausing any time.
  • Tap screen during interview to tag notable moments; you can annotate later.
  • Record for least 30 minutes to qualify for archival in the Library of Congress. All interviews, including those less than 30 minutes, will be available on this website.

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Complete and submit

  • Annotate the tags you made during the interview, or save as a draft and annotate later.
  • When you have completed all forms and annotations, submit. Upload can take up several minutes.