Viral Man Trying to Interview Every WWII Vet: 'I Was Learning More From Them Than I Was in School'
A 20-year-old man is dedicating his life to speaking with every World War II veteran in order to share their experiences for future generations.
Rishi Sharma, founder of Heroes of the Second World War, says that the combat veterans are his "biggest heroes" and "kindred spirits."
He said on "Fox & Friends First" that his mission is to meet and interview two to three combat veterans every day until the last one passes away.
"If I wanted to get in touch with some kind of useless celebrity, I would have to go through a thousand people," Sharma said. "But to talk to someone who literally helped save the world, I can just call them."
According to Sharma's website, his interviews last up to six hours.
"The interviews are filmed but there is absolutely no commercial aspect to this as I just provide a DVD for the veteran’s use," the website states.
"I started ditching class to go do interviews because I was learning more from the veterans than I was in school," Sharma said.
He emphasized that it's important to meet the veterans who have given people today the opportunity to live their lives as they choose.
"The fact that we can dream about what we want to do 30, 40, 50 years down the road is such a blessing that people don't realize," Sharma said.
He started the endeavor two years ago, launching a GoFundMe page to help him pay for his travels. So far, he has raised nearly $200,000 and talked to 850 World War II veterans.