Global War on Terror: A Guide to First-Person Narratives in the Veterans History Project
Author Larry Minear interviewed servicemembers to document their experiences in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. This guide highlights Veterans History Project collections and programming related to Minear's work with the Library of Congress.
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Elizabeth Fulford, Program Specialist, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center
Megan Harris, Research Specialist, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center
Nathan Cross, Archivist, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center
Note: This guide is a companion to a study on the National Guard and the Global War on Terror written by Larry Minear.
Created: August 11, 2022
Last Updated: August 11, 2022
In 2007, researcher Larry Minear published, through Tufts University's Feinstein International Center, a study of the National Guard’s role in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Minear found abundant source material for his study in the collections of the Veterans History Project, drawing on dozens of interviews with Guard personnel and active duty soldiers and on their photographs. This feature highlights some of the collections he employed; Minear suggested the categories and wrote the introductions for each one.
Published/Created: 2007 (Feinstein International Center, Tufts University)
Download full text of Larry Minear's study (PDF, 1.3 MB)
This study provides a composite view of reflections by U.S. veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq on their experiences in the Global War on Terror. It draws on interviews with soldiers, their families, and their communities, and on materials that the soldiers themselves have written describing their experiences. Its opening section contains excerpts from four individuals, reproduced in some detail to convey the richness and diversity of views. The experiences of the four also surface throughout the body of the report, where their reflections are, to one extent or another, echoed by the comments of scores of others from the ranks.
Read about the citizen soldiers of the National Guard who have served in every major American conflict, and, fulfilling their primary mission, have provided invaluable aid during stateside disasters. (Folklife Today Blog: December 15, 2014)
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.