COLUMBUS - Citing continued high public interest, Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman and Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Thomas N. Moe today announced that their agencies would continue to accept submissions to the War Era Story Project through Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, nearly three weeks longer than originally planned.
"We are extremely pleased with the public's early reaction to this project, which will give this special group of elders a new voice and allow us to thank them for their sacrifice and perseverance through challenging times," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Department of Aging. "The stories we have received so far are inspiring and touching as much as they are humble and understated. We really can learn a lot from this generation."
"We're hearing from a special generation of people that won't be with us much longer," said Tom Moe. "It's an honor to be sharing their stories. They have much to teach us, not only those who are serving in uniform today and their families who are waiting for them to come home, but for all the rest of us as well, to learn how we can best support those who've served in all generations."
The agencies are seeking stories by or about people who lived during World War II through the 1940s - from veterans to the men, women and children who held steady on the home front. Stories should focus on experiences during the war and the years that followed. Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words long and include the name, location and current age of the subject(s). Submitters may include photographs, but please note we cannot return them. E-mail stories to WarEraStories@age.ohio.gov or mail submissions to:
Ohio Department of Aging
Attn: War Era Story Project
50 W. Broad St. / 9th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3363
The department also is accepting short (10-15 minute) video stories via YouTube. To submit a video, upload the video to your personal YouTube account (available for free at YouTube.com), then e-mail the link to the address above or share it on the department's page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/OhioDeptOfAging).
Stories must be received by August 20, 2012. The departments will begin sharing the stories with the public in November.
The departments also challenge organizations that work with older adults and veterans to coordinate the collection of stories from those who may not otherwise be able to submit theirs. Groups interested in collecting and submitting stories from those they serve should contact the e-mail address above for more information.
The War Era Story Project is a follow-up to the Department of Aging's award-winning 2009 Great Depression Story Project, which gained national media attention and was named a "Notable Government Document" by Library Journal.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We work with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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