CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A group of University of Virginia students, in partnership with non-profit ParadeRest, have raised more than $8,900 in order to be able to document the stories that have gone untold.
"It's really important to know what the whole generation went through," said Katrina Johnson, a student volunteer.
Johnson has a personal connection to the project. Both of her grandfathers served in World War II.
"It's almost like an out-of-body experience, because you're hearing these stories first hand and you're recalling so vividly what they've gone through and it really makes you appreciate what you have here," said Johnson.
"I don't like how the history books depict the war," said Tyler Kernodle, a student volunteer. "I feel like it's way more realistic when you sit down face-to-face, eye-to-eye with someone and let them tell you what happened instead of telling the dramatized war stories that we see."
It's just a nickel for a timeless recount of a veteran's story.
"It's pretty neat because these are the actual coins that were carried around in the pockets and purses of men and women during the 1940s," said Rebeccah Lystash with ParadeRest.
The money raised will go toward purchasing the nickels, recording equipment and hiring student interns.
"It's inspiring, I'm very happy to be apart of it. Makes you feel like you're apart of something bigger and it's not just you and you're helping part of the past actually become part of history," said Johnson.
Once the project becomes more successful, the group will focus on Korean and Vietnam War veterans.
If you have a story of know of a veteran who is interested in telling their story click the link on the side of the page.