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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say thousands of Illinois veterans have contributed stories to a project that's working to preserve historical details about military members.

The Illinois Veterans History Project was created in 2005 by Secretary of State Jesse White. An Army veteran himself, White wanted collect accounts of people who'd been to war.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the effort has collected historical accounts from 6,500 veterans. They include World War I veterans to people who've been in present conflicts. Organizers are hoping to add even more voices.

The collection is available online and lists details about when and where a veteran served as well as details about their units. Veterans can include videos and written personal stories.

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