ATLANTIC CITY - Gov. Jon S. Corzine today signed a bill establishing a Veterans' Oral History Foundation during his visit with 2,750 soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard's 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The bill signing is part of a two-day event featuring a Career, Education and Support Services Expo for veterans.

"The Veterans' Oral History initiative will preserve and provide a vivid and far-reaching account of the personal experiences felt and lived out by the many brave servicemen and women from our great state," Corzine said. "New Jersey's rich military history and centuries of contributions and sacrifices will be shared for generations."

This bill, A-1707/S-288, establishes a Veterans' Oral History Foundation, which will be devoted to the sponsoring of activities and the raising of funds for the support and promotion of a veterans' oral history program. The foundation may incorporate, organize and operate in such manner as to be eligible under applicable federal law for tax-exempt status and for the receipt of tax-deductible contributions.

"We owe our freedoms to those who have served this nation over the many years, and their histories must never be lost," said Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden). "With this new law, quite simply, we'll be keeping their stories alive, and providing vivid history lessons for our children on what it means to be an American and to sacrifice to protect our liberty."