Congressman Jerry McNerney (11th-Pleasanton), in advance of Memorial Day, will host a recording session for the Veterans History Project today in his Pleasanton office.
The goal of the Veterans History Project is to collect and preserve the firsthand accounts of American war veterans by archiving video and audio recordings of their remembrances at the Library of Congress.
"I'm proud to help preserve the accounts of the many brave men and women from our area who served our nation," said McNerney. "I hope that these remembrances will serve as inspiration for future generations."
Members of the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program's TV Production and Multimedia class and the San Joaquin Delta College Radio, Television, Broadcasting Department will conduct one-on-one interviews with veterans and compile an audio or video recording. These accounts will later be submitted to the Library of Congress.
Veterans interested in participating should schedule a time in advance by calling Congressman McNerney's Pleasanton office at 737-0727.
The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. today at McNerney's Pleasanton office, 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175, across from the Stoneridge Shopping Center.
Today, McNerney also announced that he will hold two events for local veterans to become honorary signatories to his recently passed law to improve medical care for veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), a wound frequently sustained by service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the events, the congressman and local veterans will add their names to ceremonial copies of the legislation, which will then be displayed in McNerney's Stockton and Pleasanton offices.
The law, written by McNerney, helps develop policies for better care and rehabilitation of veterans with traumatic brain injuries by establishing a special panel to assess how well the VA treats veterans with TBI and make recommendations for improvement. It will also help establish TBI-specific education and training programs for VA health professionals.
According to the Defense and Brain Injury Center, a collaboration of the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, between 2000 and 2009 the number of service members diagnosed with TBI has increased from 10,963 to 27,862.
McNerney's bill was signed into law on May 5 as part of the comprehensive Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.
The signing events are scheduled for 11 a.m.Tuesday at the Civic Center Regional Meeting Room in Dublin, and at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Delta College's Danner Hall 5151 Pacific Ave., in Stockton.