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1/2/2014 -
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By Staff Writer

Seventh installment of War Era Story Project released

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) and Ohio Department of Veterans Services has released the seventh installment of the War Era Story Project at www.aging.ohio.gov.

According to ODA officials, the latest collection of 38 stories shows how Ohioans of all walks of life found themselves in far-reaching corners of the globe.

These stories join 134 others that have been posted. The agencies received nearly 300 submissions and will continue to release stories in installments until all have been shared, according to ODA officials.

The War Era Story Project was a follow-up to the ODA’s 2009 Great Depression Story Project. Since this project was intended to explore Ohio’s war-time experience, the ODA teamed with Veterans Services to collect stories from veterans of World War II, as well as the men, women and children at home. According to ODA officials, the project garnered submissions from 284 people, including 21 who now reside out of state or who did not provide location information. Residents submitting stories represent 50 different counties. Of the authors who provided an age, the oldest was 100 and the youngest was 25. The average age of the authors was 83.

 

Kathleen Collins contributed to this report.

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