For as long as he can remember, freshman Greg Winger has always had a love of
history and an interest in foreign affairs. Now, as a
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar
at UMBC, he has the opportunity to participate in the Veterans History Project,
a program established by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
to record the personal histories and testimonials of American war veterans,
covering World War I to the Persian Gulf War.
To date, Winger has interviewed over 20 veterans at the VA Hospital in downtown Baltimore
and describes his experience as "ranging from tragic to triumphant." He's listened to veterans
describe the tragic moments that led to their disfigurement and shared in their bittersweet
joy when he hears a veteran proudly recall how his African-American lieutenant was awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor over 50 years after serving in WWII. The experience has
given Winger a deeper understanding of war and soldiers that books and documentaries can
only touch upon.
"Through these interviews, I hope to gain a true understanding of Veterans affairs,
warfare and the individual soldier," says Winger. "I have found that there are many
misconceptions about America's wars and warriors and I hope to learn the truth and
comprehend these men and events."
Greg's interviews, along with all the interviews and documents collected as a result
of the Veterans History Project, will be cataloged by the Library of Congress and used
to develop online presentations for the Library's American
Click here for more information or to learn how to
get involved with the Veterans History Project.