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December 15, 2023 | Press Releases

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube Announces Veteran History Project Interview Featuring Military Veteran Stephen Valdes

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Punta Gorda, Fla. — U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today announced a new interview in the Veterans History Project Series – a way to feature the accomplishments and military careers of Florida’s 17th District veterans. This interview features U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force Veteran, Stephen Valdes of Punta Gorda, Florida.

“Mr. Valdes’ military career is the definition of service. He has the utmost respect for our country, and everyone can learn something about service by listening to his testimony,” said Rep. Steube. 

“The people that you went through basic training with. You never forgot them,” stated Valdes. “I don’t like people saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’ It wasn’t service. It’s an obligation to my country…My generation was the last generation that grew up with the great concept of the patriotic war, and with love of country. It doesn’t come with fighting for resources, it doesn’t come with fighting for political ideals. It came from serving your country.”
Please click here to watch the full interview
Be sure to check Congressman Steube’s YouTube channel in the future for upcoming Veteran History Project interviews.
The Office of Congressman Greg Steube will submit the interview to the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans.
Initially started in 2000, the Veterans History Project aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of the United States military veterans and Gold Star Families so that future generations may hear directly from the veterans and better understand their service. Researchers, scholars, and educators rely upon VHP collections as a primary source. The oral histories, photographs, manuscripts, and other original materials supplement historical texts and valued cultural resources. Veterans from all branches and ranks of the United States military who served in World War I through the more recent conflicts are eligible to participate. For more information on the VHP, please visit
If you live in Florida’s 17th congressional district, please visit to participate.