Preserve, Honor, Educate - Veterans’ Legacies launched the Mighty Endeavor program with the purpose of gathering veterans’ oral histories, recordings, images, and videos with the intent of using their stories to educate our youth and help reconnect veterans with the community they served. Veterans’ Legacies works with volunteers and partnering organizations to connect veterans and students, to Preserve their stories, Honor their service, and Educate our youth.
Veterans’ Legacies features an extensive database with the ability to preserve the stories and experiences of every person who has served our nation. We use this database along with an approved academic curriculum to actively get these stories into classrooms, libraries, and youth programs nationwide and at no cost.
Our multi-discipline curriculum is designed to encourage students to learn history directly from the men and women who made it. The curriculum enables students to learn to research, report, interview, video, and connect.
This website offers a downloadable curriculum to guide educators, parents, and youth program leaders in classroom instruction and facilitation. The curriculum also provides instructions for general directions for researching, interviewing, recording, and uploading processes for the Veterans' Legacies database.
Thanks to the generous donations of foundations like the Reser Family Foundation, our curriculum now includes inclusiveness modules that help students understand the role diversity has played in our military history. The new modules focus on contributions that women and persons of African, Asian-Pacific Island, and Latin decent have made in helping to protect and preserve our freedom.
Left untold, these irreplaceable experiences will fade away along with the opportunity to honor and learn firsthand from those who can best help us understand the impact of war. Sharing these stories gives veterans a powerful opportunity to connect with our youth in a meaningful way.
Our efforts to Preserve, Honor, and Educate are also intended to help our veterans reintegrate with the community they served while giving our youth a new and unique perspective on the sacrifices that have been made to ensure their freedom.
It Takes an Army to Save History: We are actively seeking volunteers to help compile and curate the stories, engage with local schools to help connect students with the veterans in their community, and to act as ambassadors to help promote the curriculum’s use in private and public schools, after-school programs and other youth programs.
We are also in need of financial support to help us continually improve and expand the curriculum and engage veterans and students nationwide.
Veterans’ Legacies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to provide an online resource for students, educators and the general public. Veterans' Legacies is dedicated to the collection of veterans’ stories in order to preserve and share them for generations to come.
VETERANS’ LEGACIES LEADERSHIP TEAM:
Terry Howell, Executive Director
CPO U.S. COAST GUARD (Retired)
Gary Mortensen, Co-Founder/President
President, Stoller Wine Group
Nick Kimball, Co-Founder/Corporate Secretary
VETERANS’ LEGACIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Regional President, Wells Fargo
President Wilsonville Toyota/Wilsonville Subaru
President/General Manager KPTV FOX12
Janice Strong, JD,
Associate, Fisjer Phillips
Founder IDExperts and CyberWarriors
Retired U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Marine Corps Veteran)
Barry Greenberg, Owner,
Celebrity Connection (Air Force Veteran)
Controller, Stoller Wine Group
Associate, Thrivent Financial