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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Our Impact

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.

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Our Story

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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 student’s 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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Meet the dedicated business, education, and military leaders who make up our Board and Staff.
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Colonel Donald “Craig” Houk, CPP
Board President
US Army, Retired
Since You Asked,™
Volume IV
mike burns
Mike Burns
Board Vice President
Attorney & Retired Business Executive
Since You Asked,™
Volume X, Phoenix I Edition
derek hill
Brigadier General J. Derek Hill
Board Treasurer
USAF, Retired
shelly yeck
Shelly Yeck, MBA
Board Secretary
Manager of Material Bidding & Estimating
General Dynamics
Alumni Parent


View our Annual Reports and Financials
annual report 2018
FY18 Annual Report
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2017 annual report
FY17 Annual Report
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2018 Financials
FY18 Reviewed Financials
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2017 finances
FY17 Reviewed Financials
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990 2018
FY 18 Form 990
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FY 17 Form 990
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Latest News

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Lost Medals
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When Clara Beth LaFollette and Gretchen Erickson left Philip Hooper’s home on that July day, they knew they had to do something.
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Emma Suttell Since You Asked
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Veterans Shape Future
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From the first time I had the honor to perform the National Anthem at a Book Reception and Ceremony, I knew VHP was something special.
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Rick Romley 2019, Storyteller Award
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Rick Romley Editorial
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The Storyteller Award, they say, is given to those whose stories impart inner strength, and who are committed to furthering veteran interests.
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