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guide is available in English and Spanish.
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- Beneficios Federales para
los Veteranos y sus Dependientes
La versión en Español
de el folleto "Beneficios Federales para los Veteranos y sus
Dependientes", el cual explica la variedad de beneficios
disponibles para los veteranos y sus dependientes, se encuentra
disponible en versión PDF al presionar aquí.
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Asked Benefit Questions
do I Obtain
Your military discharge form will provide
you with a list of medals your final military unit earned at the time
of your discharge. These are the medals that you are authorized to
possess. You can purchase copies of your medals from any military
If you feel your discharge form does not
accurately list all the medals you received, you will need to request a
copy/review of your military records to determine if orders were cut, and
placed in your military personnel file, awarding you other medals.
What is the Procedure
to Obtain a Copy of My Military Records?
Complete a Standard
Form 180 (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records (See
Mail the completed SF
The National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
180 is available by viewing and
downloading the form with Adobe Acrobat, Portable Document Format (PDF) or
printing the GIF versions. You will have to download and install the free copy of
Acrobat Reader if it is not
available on your computer. This will
allow you to access the PDF files in your web browser. Unfortunately, previous
PDF readers will not work with this format. If you do not have the specified
hardware, you may continue to use the lesser quality of the GIF versions
To request a copy of the SF 180 to be
mailed to you, please call one of the national
records request lines. (See below)
This form is used to request a person’s military
Complete the form using Acrobat
Reader, available for free at
Here for more information about military record requests.
On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at NPRC(MPR) destroyed approximately
16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files. The affected record collections
are described below.
||Personnel and Period Affected
||Personnel discharged November 1, 1912, to January 1, 1960
||Personnel discharged, September 25, 1947, to January 1, 1964
(with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.)
No duplicate copies of the records that were destroyed in the fire were
maintained, nor was a microfilm copy ever produced. There were no indexes
created prior to the fire. In addition, millions of documents had been lent to
the Department of Veterans Affairs before the fire occurred. Therefore, a
complete listing of the records that were lost is not available.
How Do I Obtain
a Copy of My Health Record?
Complete a Standard
Form 180 (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records
Submit the completed SF
180 (See above)
Medical records are kept at one of 58 regional VA
centers around the country or at the national Veterans Administration
Records Management Center in St. Louis, (314) 263-2800
Consult you local telephone directory for the address of
your nearest VA office, or phone toll-free, 1-800-827-1000
What are the
Telephone Numbers to the National Personnel Records
Air Force: (314) 538-4243
Army: (314) 538-4261
Navy/ Marine Corps/ Coast Guard: (314) 538-4141
Callers to these lines will receive a tape recorded statement and be able to
leave a message with their name and address. The center will mail the forms
necessary to submit a request.
FAX Request number: (314) 538-4175
Requesters may FAX a written request (signed and dated) to this number. The
center will respond in writing by U.S. Mail.