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6 people standing in front of a pop up exhibition, wall panels, at the Staten Island Museum
Veteran Voices Pop-Up Exhibition Opening at the Staten Island Museum, November 5, 2021
Navy Veteran Harry Lee, Specialist Yesenia Mata, Lt. Colonel Adam Scher, Captain Zeita Merchant, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans' Services James Hendon, and Staten Island Museum President and CEO Janice Monger.


Listen to the oral histories of Staten Island veterans and honor their immeasurable contribution by connecting with a pop-up exhibition by the Veterans Voices Project. Presented in partnership with The Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) Veteran Voices Project (VVP), an oral history initiative designed to preserve the stories of NYC’s Veterans.

The Veteran Voices Project (VVP) is an oral history initiative designed to preserve the stories of NYC’s Veterans across all military branches and service eras. Administered by the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services, the project collects interviews with New York City veterans in an online database. The mission of the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services is to connect, mobilize, and empower New York City’s Veteran community to foster purpose-driven lives for New York City Service Members – past and present.

Together, we introduce an audio library of Veteran stories across all military branches and service eras in a shared mission to honor our local heroes and generate meaningful shared experiences to deepen
understanding of ourselves and each other.

We are proud to bring the voices of Staten Island’s diverse Veteran community into the Staten Island Museum and share these important stories.

Photo portraits of five NYC Veterans
Veterans Voices Project Participants: Richard Chan, U.S. Navy Veteran; Michael Mateos, U.S. Coast Guard Veteran; Milton Wolchuck, U.S. Navy; J Alexander Martin, U.S. Navy Veteran.

To learn more or to participate in the Veteran Voices Project, please visit