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”
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.
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.
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.