VETERANS AMBASSADOR PROGRAM TOOLBOX
The single stop for Veterans Ambassadors' needs.
Individual mentored online training is now available! If you are interested in becoming a USAHEC Veterans Ambassador, click on the tab for Online Training below!
VAP Administrator Contact: Karl.email@example.com
What is the Veterans Ambassador Program?
The VAP is a nation-wide USAHEC initiative to train citizens as volunteer oral historians to collect Army Veteran stories for inclusion in the Army's historical archives.
The Veterans Ambassador Mission:
REPRESENT - Interact with local veterans and attend events to promote awareness of the Veterans Ambassador Program and the USAHEC
SURVEY - Distribute and collect the USAHEC's Veterans Service Survey
INTERVIEW - Conduct oral histories with U.S. Army Veterans to preserve their stories
Online Training to become a USAHEC Veterans Ambassador is easy and consists of working directly with a USAHEC VAP team member via email and telephone. Please note, you must be over the age of 18 to become a USAHEC Veterans Ambassador. Just follow the below steps:
After you conduct your first interview, you are a USAHEC Veterans Ambassador! Congratulations!
Downloads for VAP Training
Do you know of a good research resource? Please contact the USAHEC VAP Administrator to add the link here!
Here is what you need to prepare for and conduct your interview:
Trianing is aviable for groups by scheduling a two-day training course. The course consists of classes provided by a trained instructor (provided by the USAHEC) to teach you how to represent the VAP, how to distribute and collect Veterans Service Surveys, and how to prepare for and conduct an oral history. All training is in accordance with USAHEC policy and U.S. Army regulations.
The VAP Training Course for Groups:
1) What to look for:
Potential Ambassadors are "people-persons" and like to listen to others. The best ambassadors will be in small groups; perhaps they are members of a Veterans of Foreign Wars, an American Legion, or volunteer at a local museum. They will know that being an Ambassador is hard work, but very fulfilling, and they will have a desire to help preserve Army History.
2) Setting up the Training:
Once you have identified between 4 and 10 potential Ambassadors, set up the training. Call the USAHEC VAP team and let us know who and where the interested folks are, and we will take care of setting up a venue and assigning an instructor to teach the course.
3) What to Expect:
The Veterans Ambassador Course is a two day program, with both days running for 7-8 hours. The course consists of learning to represent the USAHEC, how to distribute and collect Veterans Service Surveys, and how to prepare for and conduct oral histories.
To sign up for a training session, just contact the USAHEC VAP coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Ambassador Ethics Promise
As a volunteer representative of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Veterans Ambassador Program, I am the face of the U.S. Army to many veterans and their families. I understand this responsibility has a direct impact on The United States, The U.S. Army, and myself. Therefore, I promise:
To conduct myself with professionalism as an Ambassador of the USAHEC.
To faithfully represent the USAHEC’s mission to the U.S. Army’s Veterans.
To respect the wishes of the Veterans I work with.
To never abuse a Veteran’s trust.
To never materially benefit from my role as a Veteran Ambassador.
To never commit the U.S. Army to any financial or legal obligation.
I understand that I will be removed as a volunteer representative of the USAHEC if I betray the trust placed in me. I make this pledge freely, and on my personal honor.