Bruce Strong,
Co-Executive Producer
Ken Harper,
Co-Executive Producer
Kuan Luo,
Web Team
Brad Horn,
Co-Executive Producer
AJ Chavar,
Web Team

About the Veterans Listening Project

The Syracuse, New York-based Veterans Listening Project (VLP) is working to document the experiences of our nation's veterans. In conjunction with StoryCorps' second annual National Day of Listening, a National Public Radio-affiliated non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening, VLP is recording important stories about veterans both in conflict and on the homefront. The successful StoryCorps model is to record conversations between two people who are important to each other. The Veterans Listening Project has recorded conversations between veterans and their husbands, between veterans and their wives, and between veterans of different U.S. conflicts. It is our belief that the simple act of facilitating, then sharing, these conversations will be beneficial to both participants and the civilians who hear them.

Inspired by the words of Dr. Edward Tick of Soldier's Heart, a returning veterans' organization, VLP believes that veterans' stories are especially important. The telling of stories of war can bring release to the sharer and some sense of shared responsibility to the civilian listener.

VLP is made up of two groups. One is a team of upstate New York media professionals and advanced journalism students--award-winners in their fields--who work in Public Radio, photography, and multimedia journalism. The other group is made up of journalism students at Arizona State University and the University of Southern California. The Executive Producers are Bruce Strong, Associate Professor of Photography and Multimedia Storytelling at Syracuse University, and Brad Horn, a Master's candidate in the Multimedia, Photography, and Graphics program at Syracuse University.

Veteran conversations are being recorded at two Central New York public radio stations--Syracuse-based WAER and Oswego-based WRVO. The lengthy conversations are shortened to three or so minutes then paired with video and still portraits created by photographers and videographers. Participants receive an audio cd of both the 3-minute piece as well as the entire, unedited conversation. Participants will also receive prints of their portraits.

The VLP website will publish several veteran stories on November 27, the StoryCorps National Day of Listening. VLP encourages all Americans to take the National Day of Listening pledge and record important conversations the day after Thanksgiving.

If you are someone you know is interested in recording a conversation as part of the Veterans Listening Project get in touch with us. Veterans who spent any time in a zone of active conflict are welcome to participate. For more information email Brad Horn.