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The National Veterans History

Archival Institute

The NVHAI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public charity 170(b)91)(A)(vi) corporation, organized under the laws of North Carolina.   Our Federal Tax Identification number is #56-2151117.


A.      To preserve the historical heritage of U.S. veterans of all service branches (U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force and the Merchant Marines);

B.      To further educate the public-at-large about the contributions of these veterans, during both war and peace, to our nation’s success;

C.      To collect, arrange, and describe the oral histories as well as the military service records of all U.S. veterans;

D.      To serve as a local, regional, national, and international resource for information and education on veterans, with a particular emphasis on K-12 and college level students

E.       To serve as a ”virtual,” digital library of information about the various contributions of veterans in all fields of study with the purpose to educate people about the veterans’ contributions and show people that veterans are worth studying.

F.       To be the nation’s premier, publicly accessible veterans’ oral history educational and digital archival institute, through active participation and preservation of the oral and written historical record and by providing curricular services for teachers and students.

G.      To continue to design and disseminate veterans’ history outreach programs that engage community groups as we continue to tell the story of the veteran; one veteran…one story at a time.

H.      To provide resources that convey a history of the veteran that engages and enlightens, bringing veterans’ history to schools, teachers and students, through a variety of initiatives that will work with teachers and students in a collaborative context at varied levels.


Why We Exist

The Veterans History Institute (our short name) is dedicated to preserving the historical heritage U.S. veterans, hailing from all branches of the service; the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force AND our nation's oldest branch, the U.S. Merchant Marines.   Together, these six arms of our nation's military have sacrificed the blood of our sons and daughters in order for us to live in peace.   For over 230 years, these brave souls have taught generation after generation of a free people that Freedom is not Free and we have a responsibility never to forget that lesson.


The NVHAI is a dedicated group of volunteers, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to collect, preserve and present the history of our veterans, from both war and peace time, and actively engage individual citizens, students and communities as we continue to tell the story of the story at a time.


Your visit to our site is most welcome and you are free to explore all we have to offer.   Our sincere wish is that you will continue to return time and again as we collect and present to you the stories of the men and women who not only witnessed our history, but; were and are the primary players in making our history.   Thank you!