NEUGEBAUER HONORS VETERANS, TOURS VIRTUAL VIETNAM ARCHIVE ON VETERANS’ DAY

Written by Michael Castellon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Nov.11, 2005
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu


LUBBOCK – U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer honored area veterans Friday and toured the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University. Neugebauer also took a virtual tour of the Virtual Vietnam Archive at the center.

The online archive enables scholars, students and members of the community to conduct research from a single location on the Internet. The archive also enables Vietnam veterans to access records that might be of importance to them in their continuing efforts to understand their experiences.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive is assisting the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command by providing Internet access to documents relating to the Vietnam War that previously have not been accessible. The documents have been used by Veteran’s Benefits Counselors with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, who have validated at least 600 Vietnam veterans' medical claims through the Virtual Vietnam Archive, which Neugebauer has helped make possible.

The archive facilitates the research and writing of participants' memoirs, and gives students an important and authoritative source of information as they seek to understand the complexities of the Vietnam War.

The Virtual Archive currently includes 1.3 million pages of materials online, including documents, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and moving image recordings, artifacts and oral histories. New items are being added daily.

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CONTACT: James Reckner, director, Texas Tech Vietnam Center, (806) 742-3742, james.reckner@ttu.edu, or visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu.