CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Author Eric Douglas is working on a project that focuses on West Virginia veterans and is searching for more people to interview.
"I decided to work on the veterans project in February of last year after I heard about the Veterans History Project in the Library of Congress," said Douglas, 45, of Pinch.
"When I contacted them, they told me there were only 20 or so veterans' oral histories from West Virginia in their database at that time."
Douglas, a West Virginia native who grew up in Cross Lanes, has interviewed about 50 veterans for the project. He is now seeking West Virginia war veterans who served in Afghanistan as well as men and women who served in any conflict.
"So many men and women fought for their country and then returned home without ever telling their stories to their families," he said.
The veterans interviewed are to receive copies of their respective stories.
"I am submitting the recording to the Library of Congress for them as well," he said. "My documentary project will include an audio documentary, using the voices of the veterans to tell their story."
Plans call for a website with all of the stories as well as a book with a synopsis of the stories and portraits. Douglas expects to complete the project by March 2013.
Douglas has also been contacted by StoryCorps seeking "Voices of War" participants.