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Max Cleland placing his hand on the Vietnam Memorial Wall

The Max Cleland Project



The Max Cleland Project is an effort to preserve the legacy of Joseph Maxwell Cleland (1942-2021), or “just Max” as the former US Senator often told people to call him.  Beyond being a Georgia State and US Senator, Head of the Veterans Administration under President Carter, and Georgia’s Secretary of State, Max was a war hero, PTSD survivor, author and inspirational figure.  


Preserving Max’s legacy means telling not only his story, but the stories of so many people who were inspired by him. This project will capture as many of those stories as possible for a collection of interviews to preserve his legacy, which will be made available through an online catalog and housed at a prominent institution.


With enough funding, from the Project will come a documentary film – Strong at the Broken Places, the remarkable survival story of a man who, like most of us, had his demons, yet inspired thousands.

Ways To Support

Join Our Mailing List

Sign up for our email list to be notified about key moments in the project and learn more ways to support

Support Financially

Make a one-time donation or become a subscriber to get behind-the-scenes access throughout the project

Share Your Max Story

Share your own Max Story for a chance to be interviewed for the film and have your story added to our Max archives

In The News

Project aims to tell Max Cleland's story through Georgian eyes

May 24, 2023
By: Orlando Montoya
William Perry talks with GPB's Orlando MontoyaGPB
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