STORIES

Writing and Submitting Veterans’ and Their Families’ Stories

Bountiful Veterans Park Foundation

Introduction

The Bountiful Veterans Park has been established to honor all those who have served or who are serving in the armed forces of the United States along with the service to the nation of their families. It also is designed to educate us about the sacrifices that others have made or are making to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy. Therefore, we strongly encourage veterans, family members and friends of the veterans whose names appear on the wall, living or deceased, to send us stories about those veterans and the incomparable service rendered to the nation by their families. Once reviewed and accepted, the stories will be posted on our website.

We specifically encourage you to incorporate the service of military families into your stories about veterans because these families know what it means to serve and they know that service to our nation is an honor. They know the risks and hardships, but they accept it. Every day, they get up and support their service member including standing by during long trainings and deployments. And when their time as a serving family comes to an end, they continue to support their veterans.

Please carefully read this entire document before submitting your stories. Thanks.

 

Format and address for Submission 

Please send us your stories as a Microsoft Word or a PDF document.

Submit veterans’ stories or questions about writing their stories to:

vetstories@bountifulveteranspark.org

 

Acknowledgment of Receipt, Review and Posting

Those submitting stories will be notified when their story has been received. Stories will then be reviewed by the Foundation before they are posted to the website. We reserve the right to edit submitted stories for grammar and content before posting them. If any significant issues arise, submitters will be contacted directly in order to address them.

 

Writing Stories 

There are no hard and fast rules for writing these stories since each one is unique. What follows are simply suggestions to help you get started. The only general rules are that stories should be well written and as accurate as possible so they give the veterans and their families the honor that they deserve. In addition, stories must not contain offensive language, including slang terms, that could reflect either badly on the veteran, the contributor or on the Veterans Park Foundation.

 

Length 

  • There is no minimum length for stories. The suggested maximum length is twenty pages, double spaced; however, this is not a hard-fast rule.
  • Stories may focus uniquely on the military experiences of the veteran but we encourage you to consider telling us about the veterans’ pre and post military life as well. We also strongly encourage you to incorporate the service provided to the nation by all family members into the veterans’ stories.
  • Stories may include personal pictures of the veterans and their families but do not include pictures that you do not have the rights to.
  • If the story has more than 600 words and/or covers a number of different topics, you may wish to consider including Key Points at the beginning of the story that capture (summarize) the main points that you want the reader to be aware of.

 

Content 

Below are some things that you may wish to include in your story. They are provided to help you get started writing the story but it is totally up to you to decide how you want to tell your veteran’s and their family’s story.

  • The veteran’s pre-military life
  • Include a bit about where they were born and grew up, family, community, schooling, work, why they decided to joined the military, etc.
  • The veteran’s military service and the service of the veteran’s family
  • Induction into the military, the branch of the military served in and, if known, the dates served.
  • Talk about military experiences such as basic training, assignments, transfers, deployments, the unit(s) served with if known, the typical workday, combat and other experiences, etc.
  • Include information about the service to the nation of family members (spouses and children) including how they handled long separations, frequent transfers, living on a military salary, the concern for their veterans’ safety, the care and support of wounded warriors, etc.
  • If the veteran was deceased while serving include as much information as you are comfortable in disclosing about the incident and the impact on the family if known, etc. Also, include the place of burial if known.
  • Do not include service numbers or other sensitive personal identifying information.
  • The veteran’s post-military life
  • Tell us about the veteran’s family, education (GI bill), career, community service, date of death, place of burial, etc. For many veterans and their families this will be a key part of their history since it ties everything together and shows how veterans and their families continue to serve and build our nation throughout their entire lives.

 

Samples of Stories 

Here are links to stories written about veterans; however, they are just samples and are only being provided to help you get started writing your own story. They do not include the contributions of families since what we are asking you to include in your stories is unique nor do they cover the veteran’s entire life. You do not have to follow these formats and we strongly encourage you to write your story exactly the way you want it to read.

Local Veterans stories:  http://davisclipper.com/clients/davisclipper/11-6-2019-1-37-35-PM-4947411.pdf

Killed in Action - WWII: https://ww2fallen100.blogspot.com/

Additional suggestions for writing histories can be found online. Two examples are the articles “Creating a Personal History” and “Writing Your Family and Personal History.”