GENERAL PROGRAM

Ike’s Soldiers General Program is open to all friends, family members or fans of World War II veterans. Participants are asked to collect a World War II veteran’s biographical information and, if possible, their story on video. We accept deceased World War II veteran’s information, artifacts and stories from family members. Please download the General Information Packet below. This packet contains all the necessary forms to properly submit a veteran’s information to Ike’s Soldiers database, and, if possible, produce a video interview. If you are submitting an oral history, feel free to watch the “How To” videos below to help you get started. Please keep in mind that if the submission does not include the required forms provided in this packet, it will be rejected by the Eisenhower Foundation.

If you would like to honor the memory of a deceased veteran, we invite you to create a profile by using the general submission form HERE. Video is not required.


GENERAL PACKET
This packet has everything you need to put together a successful submission. It contains release forms for you and the veteran you interview, sample questions, and more. You may print out and submit your packet by mail, or download it to fill out digitally and attach it as a file on our submission page.

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Interview & Submission Guidelines

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Step 1

ARRANGE TO MEET WITH
A WORLD WAR II VETERAN

The veteran you interview can be a family member, friend, or someone you met through your local community. Be sure to correspond with them in writing to remind them about the date and time of your interview. Encourage them to dress comfortably and wear any clothing they may have that recognizes their military service.

PDF: Sample Letters / Setting Up Your Interviews

Step 2

PREPARE ALL NECESSARY  EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

Print the paperwork found in the submission packets for yourself and the veteran (links to the forms are listed below as well). Test your equipment. Charge your camera batteries and clear up space on your memory card!

PDF: Biographical Data Form
PDF: Interviewer Release Form
PDF: Material Identification Sheet
PDF: Memorabilia Release Form (memorabilia is optional)

Step 3

INTERVIEW

Follow your checklist and make sure you and your veteran sign a release form. Be kind and respectful. Ask good questions and, gather any additional artifacts your veteran is willing to contribute.

PDF: Interview Questions

Step 5

THANK YOU NOTE

Drop off or mail a hand written thank you note to the veteran, thanking them for their time and service.

PDF: Sample Letters / Thank You Notes

How to Prep for Your Interview
This quick video is to review the necessary items to get started on your project.

Get Setup for Your Interview
We will be running through some products you can use to capture the best quality audio & video. You’ll want to check this out if you are new to video and want a simple way to produce high quality video & audio for your interview.

How to Conduct Your Interview
In this video we will be reviewing how to guide the conversations with your veteran to make them comfortable.

How to Submit Your Interview
Once you’ve done all the fun work of recording an interview, you’ll want to know all of the very important steps to submitting your interview correctly so that information doesn’t get lost.

INDIVIDUAL FORM DOWNLOADS ( IF NEEDED )

All forms are included in the Information Packet listed above. If you need to download an individual form, they are listed below.

EXTRAS

Below are additional materials for download.

 
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FAQS
If you have questions after reading through your information packet, please visit the FAQ Page.
COMMON QUESTIONS

CONTACT US
If you have questions after reading through your information packet, please contact info@ikessoldiers.com.
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