WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today voted in favor of the Gold Star Families Voice Act (H.R. 4511), which expands the Library of Congress’ Veteran History Project (VHP) by including servicemembers who died during their service or are missing in action. Sen. Moran led the Senate version of this legislation with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to expand the Veteran History Project to include Gold Star Families. The legislation, which was passed by the House in September 2016, now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.
“The Library of Congress’ Veteran History Project collects stories that remind us of the courage and heroism of our veterans,” said Sen. Moran. “Incorporating the stories of servicemembers who went missing in action or died as a result of their service is essential to making certain the project reflects the efforts of generations of Americans. For our Gold Star Families who now get to share their stories, this legislation helps us honor the sacrifice of their loved ones.”
The VHP was established by Congress in 2000 and has collected the records of more than 100,000 veterans serving since WWI. Through oral storytelling, it collects and catalogues detailed accounts of the lives of those who have defended our nation at home and abroad.