State Rep. Jefferson urges support for Illinois Veterans History Project

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State Rep. Charles “Chuck” Jefferson, D-Rockford, is encouraging residents to take part in the Illinois Veterans History Project developed by Secretary of State Jesse White (D) to ensure a permanent record of Illinois’ veterans is maintained.

The Illinois Veterans History Project gives the men and women who served our country a permanent record of their patriotism and bravery that can be shared with future generations,” Jefferson, a U.S. Army veteran, said. “I urge local veterans and their families to participate in this statewide project so their contributions will live on forever.”

White created the Illinois Veterans History Project following a federal law allowing the Library of Congress to document the stories of American veterans and civilians who served in wars from World War I to the present.

To take part in the project and share their memories and experiences, veterans and their family members can fill out an Illinois Patriots Information Form, which can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at in the “Services for the Public” link under the Illinois State Library department, or at driver service facilities statewide.

Participants may also submit an oral recorded history that will be kept in the Illinois Digital Archives and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Participants will receive an official certificate of appreciation for their contributions to this historic record.

It’s important that the voices of our service men and women endure forever to make certain their sacrifices are remembered by everyone,” Jefferson said.

Jefferson served honorably in the U.S. Army and is affiliated with the American Legion Jefferson/Horton Post in Rockford.

For assistance in obtaining the Illinois Patriots Information Form, call Jefferson’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 987-7433.

Posted May 1, 2014

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