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Court Reporters Foundation Secures Grant to Preserve Veterans’ Histories

NCRF to use $8,000 to continue Veterans History Project work

Nov. 9, 2012 - PRLog -- The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, has announced that the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust. The funds will support the Foundation’s continued efforts to expand the Veterans History Project to ensure that the oral histories of America’s disabled veterans’ wartime experiences will be preserved at the Library of Congress.

Nearing its 10th anniversary, the Foundation’s Veterans History Project calls on court reporters and captioners to volunteer their time and skills to make a written record of the service stories of our nation’s heroes. The histories are then housed permanently in the Library of Congress.

“There is no way to put a price tag on the value that comes from capturing the official record of our country’s service men and women,” says Merilyn Sanchez, chairperson of the National Court Reporters Foundation. “We are indebted to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust for recognizing that court reporters and captioners have the skills and the desire to ensure that every veteran’s history is preserved for future generations.”

The National Court Reporters Foundation supports the court reporting and captioning professions through philanthropic activities funded through charitable contributions.

“In 2013, we will celebrate our tenth year of the Veterans History Project,” notes B.J. Shorak, deputy executive director for NCRF. “Thousands of oral histories have been captured by NCRA members and we know this important work will continue, thanks to the grant we’ve received. We have ambitious goals for the coming year to record as many veterans’ histories as possible with the collaborative effort of the Foundation and our talented stenographic members.”

For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a four-year degree—can be found at CareersInCourtReporting.com.

About NCRA
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 19,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow more than 5 percent in the coming years. For more information, visit NCRA.org.

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