The Ohio Court Reporters Association

The Ohio Court Reporters Association (OCRA) is partnering with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Ohio to host a Veterans History Project (VHP) event on Jan. 17 to record interviews with American war veterans and transcribe their stories for archival at the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C. The VHP event is taking place during the Ohio VFW’s Mid-winter Conference being held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington in Columbus, Ohio

“This special VHP event kicks off a yearlong effort launched by OCRA to capture the stories of 100 American war veterans in 2020 to help celebrate the association’s 100th anniversary,” said Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE, a captioner from Rittman, Ohio, and president of OCRA.

“We are especially excited to partner with the Ohio VFW because it gives OCRA members the opportunity to help veterans preserve their stories for future generations to read. This event will also help to show veterans and veteran organizations how easy it is to partner with OCRA to host a VHP event. We have volunteers for this event that include a 13-year-old young man, a certified legal videographer, freelance court reporters, and captioners,” Linkowski said.

The VHP program was launched by the LOC to collect the stories of American war veterans by recording and transcribing interviews with them. In 2003, the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), the philanthropic arm of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), partnered with the LOC to support the VHP program. To date, more than 3,000 veterans’ histories have been transcribed by members of NCRA and submitted to the Library for archival. The VHP is one of the most popular oral histories efforts supported by NCRA members. Participation in VHP events also serve to showcase the court reporting and captioning professions by allowing veterans, their family members, and other members of the public to see how court reporters and captioners use steno machines to capture and translate the spoken word into text.