This Memorial Day, TogetherWeServed urges veterans to join the site and create a record of their service for the benefit of their families and future generations. The goal is to capture the service histories of American heroes in their own words and photographs while there is still an opportunity. This holiday weekend makes it a perfect time to pay tribute.
“In 10 years, we’ve lost more than 4 million veterans to old age and other lasting consequences of war, and 3,000 more pass away every day,” said Brian Foster, founder and president of TogetherWeServed.com. “If we don’t capture their stories now, most of these veterans’ service will go unrecorded, resulting in a tragic loss of our military history and the sacrifice made by so many.”
Created by and for service members, the website is the largest exclusive military resource for U.S. veterans to reconnect with lost comrades and record their service as a lasting legacy. Since its launch as a Marine Corps website in 2003, the platform has expanded to all branches of the military. The website includes profiles of more than 1.2 million service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. With more than 2.5 million member-uploaded photos, TogetherWeServed.com has one of the largest collections of visual military memoirs in existence.
Former service members can create and share a visual history of their service. The can share moments from boot camp to retirement, including duty stations, battles, operations, medal ribbons, badges, photos and memories of fellow service members. The site encourages family members to assist vets who may be less familiar with computers. Family members can also create Remembrance Profiles of loved ones who fell in combat during WWII, Korea, Vietnam or any other conflict or who passed away from natural causes.
“TogetherWeServed.com is a living, breathing memorial to our nation’s service members,” said Col. Brendan Kearney, USMC (Ret.), TogetherWeServed.com’s Military Advisor and a Gulf War veteran. “There’s absolutely nothing else like it to honor the service of our veterans, including those who are no longer with us.”
Another tool available on the website is a fully comprehensive and searchable military locater that is changing the lives of veterans by reconnecting them with former comrades. Some of those comrades they may not have seen in more than 40 years.
“With more than a million members from every era of service since World War II and thousands more joining each week, the chances of finding someone you served with are very high,” said Foster.