Christopher Webb is not a name you would be familiar with, but thanks to the University of Houston’s Veterans’ Services Office (VSO), you can learn his story.
Staff Sgt. Webb, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, relayed his memories of the experience as part of the Veterans History Project, a collaboration with the VSO, the UH Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and the Library of Congress.
The goal is to record the stories of wartime vets, so that future generations can be inspired.
“I was, of course, apprehensive at first, and worried and sometimes scared,” recalled Webb of his experiences in Iraq. “But getting there, I realized that we have a special responsibility to do whatever we can to make their situation better.”
Allen Grundy, program manager for the UH Veterans Services Office, says the Veterans’ History Project works with organizations like LULAC, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Congressman Nick Lampson’s office.
His hope is that this collection of personal stories serves as a reminder of courage, dedication and personal sacrifice.
“From this project we can look at the veteran and really gain access to who he was and what he is today. Many times we can call him a hero,” Grundy said.