Behind the Scenes Look into Veterans' Perspective

Get to know Sara and why she dedicates her life to sharing the stories of our Iowa Veterans


Our April 18th, 2020 event has been postponed!

Additional Information

It is with heavy heart that I must officially announce that our spring fundraiser needs to be postponed to a later date. We will make announcements once the new date can be selected!  

Step into a 1950's style diner with classic hamburgers and ice cream sundaes! Enjoy a 50's style variety show highlighting local talents and honoring our Korean War veterans. The evening will be filled with with rock and roll music, poodle skirts, leather jackets, classic cars and a sock hop. Living historians will be available in Korean War uniforms and displays to help you learn more about what it was like to serve during this time in our national history. You are also welcome to join in the fun and dress in your best 1950's style clothes for a chance to win a prize in the best dressed contest!

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about our mission. The Veterans' Perspective aims to record and preserve our nations’s history through the stories of our military veterans. By video recording these interviews and making them available to the public, our veterans’ service becomes more than a respectful salute to the flag, it becomes a living tribute for generations to learn from. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go towards sharing the stories of our veterans.

Another goal of the event is to continue to bring the community together with our veterans. Attendees will include veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places around the world. You can learn more about what it truly is to be a veteran by meeting one yourself!

Events of the evening:

5-6pm social hour- walk around sip complimentary beer and wine or visit our lemonade stand. Select songs on the jukebox and see some of the artifacts we have from the 1950's. Classic cars, military vehicles and living historians will help transport you to another time.

During the social hour you can peruse the silent auction and raffle tables and bid on our amazing collection of items. Our tables will be filled with patriotic, bid-worthy items in categories including gift cards, shopping, handmade, athletic tickets, health & fitness, and entertainment.

6– 7pm - 'The diner' opens at 6 where you can find stations with hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixins as well as an ice cream sundae bar. Vegetarian options will be available. Then sit back, relax and enjoy 'a really big show' highlighting local musicians playing songs from the 50's.

7:30 pm - Winners for the raffle and silent auction will be announced.

8-9pm - Take off your saddle shoes and get ready for the sock hop!

Attire is casual. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable. If you would like, join in the theme and dress in your 1950's best and you will be entered into the best dressed contest!

Get Tickets Here!

Please click here to be routed to our ticket page. This is our online ticket sales option. If you prefer to send in money directly to our office please contact Sara and she will send you the mailing address. 

Information about FREE VETERAN TICKETS:

All are welcome, but if you would like to attend our event for free, please follow this link or call Sara to confirm our attendance. We will need to order enough food for everyone! Also, would ask that if you order free ticket that you indeed attend. Our generous supports paid donated their money to you. 

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How Sara Decided to Start Recording Veterans

Watch this video to find out how a girl from small town, Boone, Iowa decided to dedicate her life to telling the stories of Iowa's veterans through video production. 

Armistice Day & Veteran's Day 100th Anniversary

As we honor the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day we take a moment to honor a few of our veterans who are also over the age of 100. 

We Tell Veteran's Stories

Every generation has their call to service. For some it was hearing that Pearl Harbor had been bombed, for others it was the day the twin towers and the pentagon were attacked. There are countless other reasons for what lead our brave men and women to serve. As I meet and interview veterans, I realize that the call to service is a common theme among them.

Our Mission


Sharing Stories of Service

Our mission is to help preserve our nation's history through the stories of our hometown heroes through veteran interviews. We empower Iowa's youth to participate in the video production and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We all work together to capture these stories before they are lost with the veterans who carry them. 

Here at The Iowa Veterans’ Perspective Charitable Foundation we understand what it is to be a veteran and want to share that with people.  Veterans walk beside us, some we know, some we don’t. In Iowa alone, there are more than 240,000 veterans. These hometown heroes fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq — some are still fighting overseas right now. Each and every veteran has a story to share. Their stories tell us more than a history book ever could. Their experiences can deepen our understanding of war. Accounts that show us a period of time we have not lived.  

Vietnam Veteran Montage

Here is a video I created for the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum. I love the description of the relationship between pilots and ground troops. I also think this compilation really shows what some of them still go through while telling their story. This was one of the first Vietnam videos I did, but it is still one of the most powerful to me. Now I would like to share these stories with you.

For Veterans

How to share your story

We are an avenue for sharing stories you’ve kept to yourself. 


We are a way for you to share some of your history with others. We are a cathartic outlet, encouraging you to talk about some of what you try to forget — even if it’s what you need to remember.   

We encourage all Iowa veterans to share their story. 

No matter your age, no matter your rank, no matter how you were called to serve. Your stories of service matter.   

If you are an Iowa veteran or know an Iowa veteran who wants to share their story, contact us. We’ll get in touch to set up a video interview in your space, in your hometown FREE of charge. Our interviewer will talk with you for an hour or two and create a video account from the footage. All video interviews are uploaded to the Veteran’s Perspective YouTube page and made available for your viewing, your friends’ and family’s viewing, and the general public’s. All Iowa veterans who share their stories of service also receive a DVD of their interview, to keep and to pass along to family for generations. Contact us to set up an interview or to learn more.   

Invite us to speak to your group

Whether its a VFW, Legion Hall or a group of battle buddies having morning coffee, let me come and tell your group about the project. We can explain how the process works and what to expect before, during and after the interview.


For Schools

Classroom Visits and Online Videos

Classroom Visits and Online Videos

Classroom Visits and Online Videos

Classroom Visits and Online Videos
Are you teaching a course on U.S. military history? Do you want y

We are a resource for deeper learning. History books go only so far. We can learn so much more by listening to others and their experiences — and gain deeper meaning from doing so.    

Conduct Your Own Interviews

Classroom Visits and Online Videos

Classroom Visits and Online Videos


If you have students who are interested in conducting their own interviews, we can help. Just let us know what generation or subject you are wanting to cover, we  will take care of the rest. 

For Family and Friends of Veterans

We are a keepsake of your loved one’s past. We are a channel for their stories — some you’ve heard, others you haven’t. We are a way to honor their service and their life, for generations to come.