Gobi amendment would establish Mass. veterans oral history project

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Staff Report
Published: 11/22/2020 3:11:49 PM
Modified: 11/22/2020 3:11:33 PM

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate deliberated and passed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget on Wednesday of last week, including in the final version of the bill an amendment submitted by State Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) to allocate funds establishing a Massachusetts Veterans Oral History Project (MVOHP) for the programming, collection, preservation, and maintenance of the histories of Massachusetts Veterans and Gold Star Families.

Sen. Gobi, a member of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means and former Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans Affairs, had this to say on the amendment’s passage: “As the daughter of a World War II Veteran, there are so many questions I should have asked my dad about his experiences and never did. I am so glad to support and partner with Veterans groups who will record the stories that are such an important part of our American story.”

The Massachusetts Veterans Oral History Project (MVOHP) is a unique statewide project that will capture, document, preserve and protect the individual oral histories of those men and women from the Commonwealth who served honorably and well in the armed forces of their country. The project will compile the oral histories of Gold Star families, and will create important historical resources for research, teaching, and public programs while at the same time providing veterans and their families with permanent recordings of veterans and their experiences all in conjunction with the Massachusetts National Guard Museum and Archives.

The amendment submitted appropriates $50,000 towards the project. The two versions of the budget are now in conference committee before going to the Governor for consideration. For more information, email Sen. Gobi’s office at Anne.Gobi@MASenate.gov.

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