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March 01, 2024 | Press Releases

U.S. Rep. Steube Announces Veteran History Project Interview Featuring U.S. Army National Guard Veteran Dan O’Leary

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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 United States Army National Guard veteran Dan O’Leary.
“In the words of Dan O’Leary, ‘freedom isn’t free.’ His steadfast dedication to serving all Americans exemplifies true patriotism. We salute you, Dan, for your sacrifice and duty. Thank you for sharing your testimony of service,” said Rep. Steube.

Reflecting on his service to the nation, Army National Guard veteran Dan O’Leary said, “Not everybody realizes freedom isn’t free. Nonetheless our responsibility is still to serve all Americans, and to provide liberty to all Americans, whether they appreciate it or not.”
“I wish the average American particularly the ones who have not served before and don’t have a great understanding of the military’s role. I wish they understood how good they have it here, and how they should be extremely grateful, not just for the military, but the rights that they enjoy,” stated O’Leary.

Please click here to watch the full interview
Be sure to check Congressman Steube’s YouTube channel in the future for upcoming 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.