Ohio extends time for submitting stories of World War II-era life

The state government is allowing more time for Ohioans to submit stories by or about people who lived during World War II, including veterans and family members who stayed at home.

The Ohio departments of Aging and Veterans Services said they will accept submissions through Aug. 20 for the War Era Story Project, extending the original deadline by nearly three weeks because of public interest. The stories should focus on experiences during the war and the years that immediately followed, state officials said.

The project was begun in June. The departments are to begin sharing the stories with the public in November. It is a follow-up to the Department of Aging’s 2009 Great Depression Story Project, available online at www.aging.ohio.gov/news/greatdepressionstoryproject.

Stories submitted for the War Era Story Project should be 500 to 1,000 words long and include the name, location and current age of the subjects. Any photographs that are submitted will not be returned. Organizations that work with older adults and veterans are encouraged to help collect stories from people unable to submit their own, state officials said.

Stories may be emailed to WarEraStories@age.state.oh.us or sent by regular mail to: Ohio Department of Aging, Attn.: War Era Story Project, 50 W. Broad St., 9th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3363.

Video stories of 10 to 15 minutes may be submitted through personal YouTube accounts to the WarEraStories email address or shared on the department’s Facebook page at

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