November 15, 2016

Manchin Votes to Add Gold Star Family Stories to Veterans History Project

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Gold Star Families Voices Act that would allow Gold Star Families to add their collection of video and audio recordings of biographical histories by immediate family members of Fallen service members to the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. This legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 97-0 and is on its way to the President for his signature.   

“Allowing Gold Star Families to add their service members’ story to this powerful collection will give a voice to those who never made it home,” Senator Manchin said. “This important project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations can hear first-hand accounts from the Veterans themselves. By including stories from Gold Star Families of their Fallen loved-ones, we allow all Americans to learn their personal stories behind those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Our country will always remain the strongest on earth because of the men and women who are willing to serve in the military, and their loved ones who support them.  I am proud that West Virginia has one of the highest rates of military service in the nation, and this vote ensures that legacy is never forgotten.”

“Anytime we can speak about our children who have served and died, it helps to keep their memories alive. As long as their story is out there and their name is in print, they are still with us and that’s what’s important to us,” said Shirley and Stan White, Gold Star Parents of Staff Sergeant Robert White, U.S. Army and Corporal Andrew White, U.S. Marines, who both served and died for our country.