Warmamas is a project about a special group of mothers. They are the mothers of soldiers who serve - or have served - in our military in a time of war. The majority of these soldiers have been deployed to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Most have returned home. Some have not. This project attempts to provide the mothers of these soldiers a public platform on which to tell their own stories, each narrative as unique as it is universal.
The search for South Florida soldiers and their family members was actively underway by StoryCorps, Warmamas, and the University of Miami Libraries (UML). The three organizations collaborated on StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, a project that honors veterans and the military community by recording and preserving their stories. Approximately eighteen interviews were conducted March 11, 12, and 13 at the Otto G. Richter Library on UM’s Coral Gables campus.
StoryCorps interviews are conducted as a conversation between two people, while a trained StoryCorps facilitator guides the 40-minute recording session. With the participants’ permission, the recordings of these interviews will be archived at the Library of Congress and segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. “We are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism,” says StoryCorps founder David Isay. The Military Voices Initiative builds on this notion and contributes to...
In March 2015, Warmamas collaborated once again with StoryCorps an the University of Miami with the Military Voices Initiative, a special StoryCorps project that records and preserves the stories of veterans, service members, and their families. This initiative honors their voices, amplifies their experiences and lets them know that we as a nation are listening. StoryCorps believes that people of all backgrounds and beliefs should be given the opportunity to share, record, and preserve their stories.