Engaging Students.
Preserving Legacy.

Our mission is to Connect Students with Veterans™ in order to honor veterans, preserve America’s heritage, and develop future leaders. Helping to bridge the gap between civilian and military life, we strive to develop students' character and civic responsibility, while recognizing our veterans' legacy of service.
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It started in Barbara Hatch’s classroom in 1998, when a student asked "Is Saving Private Ryan real?" A dedicated history teacher, Barbara had the idea to invite veterans to share their real stories with her students. The students' interest continued and the service stories grew more frequent and diverse. The program organically grew and evolved into an after-school oral history publishing club in 2004, and a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in 2009.

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Dedicated to fostering character in students, while honoring the sacrifice made by our service men and women.
Our veterans continue to find purpose in giving back. Being the first time many have shared their service journey publicly, the process can be cathartic and a catalyst for continuing to share their story with family.
Our students begin to discover their full potential, building their communication and collaboration skills, while learning about integrity, leadership and teamwork through some incredible stories of valor. The relationships forged last a lifetime.
Experiential learning promotes critical thinking and improves academic skills--all while teaching students the importance of civic responsibility. 95% of our students pursue continuing education.
Enhancing patriotism and civic education, Veteran’s Heritage Project strengthen families and community relationships.


Meet the dedicated business, education, and military leaders who make up our Board and Staff.
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Anita Daghestani
Board President
Business Support Manager
Wells Fargo
Kerry Ahern
Kerry Ahern, MBA
Board Vice President
SVP, Resource Planning Leader
Bank of America
Alumni Parent
Shelly Yeck
Shelly Yeck, MBA, CCM
Board Treasurer
Sr. Supply Chain Capture Mgr.
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Alumni Parent

Josh Bonebrake
Joshua Bonebrake
Board Secretary
Product Manager
Runbeck Election Services


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Latest News

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2022 Book Reception
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On August 16 VHP welcomed 500 community members and students from 16 local school chapters.
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Sofia with Frank and Mike
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2023 Alumni Award
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Nominate a fellow alumni by October 1 or complete a self-submission form (highly encouraged) by December 1.
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VHP Course
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Online Course
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VHP offers step-by-step course to preserve veterans' histories in student publication, Since You Asked.
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