What is the Voices of Freedom all about?
The Voices of Freedom provides war veterans with a means to record their stories of service and sacrifice. The Mobile Recording Studio allows interviews to be conducted at convenient locations for veterans such as retirement communities, businesses, veteran’s organizations, churches and museums.
Veteran stories are captured on video within the Mobile Recording Studio. A digital copy on a thumb drive will be provided to the veteran and the video will be retained at the Americans in Wartime Experience.
I would like to be interviewed. Am I eligible?
Servicemen and servicewomen who participated in wartime operations are eligible to participate in the project. In addition to military veterans, civilians who supported wartime operations or were significantly impacted by these operations are eligible (Examples: USO, DOD, Gold Star Mothers, 9/11 survivors, WWII home front workers, etc).
Do I have to pay to be interviewed?
How long will the interview take?
A typical interview lasts 30 – 50 minutes.
I am confined to a wheelchair. Will I be able to get up into the Mobile Recording Studio?
Yes. The Mobile Recording Studio is handicap accessible. We can also conduct your interview via Zoom.
Where do you normally conduct interviews?
We are based out of Prince William County, Virginia. We conduct the majority of our interviews in the Washington, D.C. area; however we travel to other states on the East Coast to conduct interviews as well. While we prefer in person interviews that are video recorded, we can also conduct your interview via Zoom.
Can someone accompany me during my interview (dual interviews)?
In order to conduct a smooth interview only you will be present on camera during the actual filming of the video. However, a waiting area in the front of the Mobile Recording Studio is available to the family who may watch the interview on television live via wireless feed.
What should I wear to the interview?
Business or business casual attire is suggested, although not mandatory. Also, light in color clothing is preferred as it looks better on camera when contrasted with the studio’s black background, but again, not mandatory. Hats are discouraged.
Can I have a copy of the interview?
Yes. You will be provided a digital copy on a thumb drive. Please note it may take a few months before you receive your video. Most videos will also be posted on the museum’s webpage.
What should I bring to my interview?
(Forms are available by clicking here ⇒ VOF Veteran Forms )
If you have a photo or war trophy that helps tell your story, please bring it with you.
Veterans have also donated small mementos to the project, such as a photo of themselves in uniform or their unit patch, to display within the Mobile Recording Studio.
What types of questions will I be asked?
The interview will focus on your wartime service. Questions may include:
* Do you have any other military veterans in your family tree?
* Do you remember where you were when you heard about the event that would lead to your wartime experience? (Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Invasion of Kuwait, etc)
* Why did you enter into military service?
* Where did you enter into training? What was your military occupational specialty?
* Where exactly did you serve?
* What were your duties?
* Did you see any combat?
* How did you stay in touch with your family while you were deployed?
* What did you do to keep busy while you were in theatre? (recreation, etc)
* Are there any incidents that stand out in your mind about your service in theatre? (Frightening, humorous or exciting experiences)
* Did you receive any medals, citations or awards?
* Can you describe your homecoming?
* How has your wartime experience affected your life?
Who will conduct the interview?
The Voices of Freedom staff consists of volunteers and part time employees who have a passion for military history and the desire to help veterans preserve their family history. The project is currently staffed by veterans, a retired CIA employee, a retired history teacher, and a retired Army Colonel.
How do I set up an interview?
Contact us by clicking the “Contact Us” button below to set up an interview. Please include in the email your name, branch of service, war you participated in and a sentence or two about your service. (Example: John Smith, U.S. Army, WWII. Served with the 29th Infantry Division in Normandy.)
I’d like to sponsor a Voices of Freedom event. What can I do to make it happen?
Participation is simple. Your organization reserves a location to park the 26’ Mobile Recording Studio and truck, and you assist in scheduling 3 – 5 wartime veterans to be interviewed. Contact us below to arrange for us to bring the RV to your event.