MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana has released a collection of Student Veterans Oral Histories.
The collection is available in ScholarWorks through the library’s website and as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. This was a collaborative project with the University’s VETS Office, the School of Journalism and the library.
Student veterans volunteered for the project through their connections with the VETS Office and were interviewed by students enrolled in Assistant Professor Jule Banville’s intermediate audio class in the journalism school during autumn semester 2013.
Professor Sue Samson of the library and liaison to the veterans and the journalism school facilitated the project and provided information literacy instruction to the intermediate audio students.
The primary goal of this project was to recognize the wide range of experience that student veterans bring to campus as they transition from military to student life. It also provided the student interviewers the opportunity to learn about student veterans while completing an in-depth 30-minute interview that they were required to condense into a 3-minute ready-for-radio presentation.
Student journalists prepared for the interviews by learning about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and about the military units in which the veterans were active. These oral histories reveal the realities of student veteran experiences – each one a fascinating account that provides a wealth of knowledge about life in the military.