Vet Websites:Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans
benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many
sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records,
information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Nearly
100% of this information is free and available for all veterans
provided they ask for it:
VET GRAVE LOCATOR
Update 02:The Nationwide Graveside Locator service
is available on handheld devices with Internet capability. The
service provides locations and driving directions to both national
cemeteries and private burial grounds. "This innovative program
continues VA's commitment to use the latest technology to provide
veterans and their families with information they need," VA
Secretary Eric Shinseki said. "It will simplify and enhance the
experience of many who visit our national cemeteries." The VA
introduced an Internet-based nationwide gravesite locator in 2004.
It is linked to electronic burial records to help people find the
cemeteries where their relatives are buried. For veterans and
eligible family members buried in national cemeteries, or whose
graves are marked with a government headstone, the location of the
graves can be found on your personal computer and at national
allows for searches by name and by cemetery, if the location is
known. A search will provide a grave location, a link to a Google
map and driving directions, and a link to the cemetery map if
available. The locator includes burial records from many sources.
These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less
information than others. Information on veterans buried in private
cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government
grave markers, and the locator does not have information available
for burials prior to 1997. Erroneous information can be corrected,
but there is no capability to add to the information contained in
the existing record. If your search returns incorrect information
about a veteran or family member buried in a national cemetery,
contact the cemetery directly to discuss your findings. To report
incorrect information about a veteran buried in a private cemetery
go to https://iris.va.gov/scripts/iris.cfg/php.exe/enduser/home.php
and submit an input. Names cannot be added to the listing if a
government grave marker was not furnished for the grave, or if the
existing government grave marker was furnished prior to 1997. For
more complete information concerning individual records, we suggest
you contact the cemetery or local officials. The VA adds about 1,000
new records to the database each day.
American Battle Monuments Commission (www.abmc.gov
) provides information on service members buried in overseas
cemeteries. If you cannot locate the person you are searching for,
provide the following information on each individual:
Full name, including any alternate spellings
Date and place of birth
Date and place of death
State from which the individual entered active duty
Military service branch
requests take approximately four weeks for a reply. Be sure to
include your return mailing address, phone number or Internet e-mail
address with your request and send it to: U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration (41C1), Burial
Location Request, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420.
[Source: Federal Computer week Alice Lipowicz article 19 Oct 09 ++]
HALL OF VALOR: On 9 SEP 09 MilitaryTimes updated its
Hall of Valor website
www.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards. The database now
contains 26,142 valor award citations. Users can access individual
veteran’s citations and read or print the citation by the
recipient's name, branch of service, or conflict. If a recipients
complete name is unknown you can also search by whatever you have.
The following Valor awards plus a picture of each are covered by
Medal of Honor. Presented by the President in the name of
Congress, the Medal of Honor is the highest honor that can be
bestowed upon any American. 3,468 citations available out of 3,468
Distinguished Service Cross. The DSC is our Nation's second highest
award for military valor, behind only the Medal of Honor. The
Distinguished Service Cross was established in 1918 to honor heroism
of the highest degree that did not quite merit the Medal of Honor.
The Navy Cross (Navy, Marines & Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross
all join the DSC as our Nation's second highest military award.
9,826 citations available out of 13,452 ever awarded.
Navy Cross. Authorized 4 FEB 19, the Navy Cross was the
Navy's third highest award for combat heroism and other
distinguished services. On 7 AUG 42, Congress made the Navy Cross a
combat only decoration with precedence over the Distinguished
Service Medal, making it the Navy's second highest award ranking
below only the Medal of Honor. It shares its position with the
Army's Distinguished Service Cross and the Air Force Cross. 6,633
citations available out of 6,932 ever awarded.
Air Force Cross. The Air Force Cross was established in
1960 to honor heroism of the highest degree that did not merit the
Medal of Honor. Previously airmen of the Army Air Corps were awarded
the Distinguished Service Cross for such actions. The medal became
an exclusive award of the United States Air Force to replace the
Army award for members of their own branch of service. The Navy
Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross all join the Air Force
Cross as the second highest U.S. military award. 194 citations
available out of 194 ever awarded.
Silver Star. The Silver Star is the third highest U.S.
combat-only award. Established in 1918 as the Citation Star, in 1932
a provision allowed servicemen to receive it retroactively. It has
been awarded for actions as far back as the Spanish-American War.
5,467 citations available out of 89,712 ever awarded.
Distinguished Flying Cross. Awarded to U.S. and Foreign military
personnel and civilians who have displayed extraordinary heroism
while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States, in
military operations involving conflict with a foreign force, or
while serving with a friendly nation engaged in armed conflict
against a force in which the United States is not a belligerent
party. 8 citations available
Bronze Star. Authorized on 4 FEB 44, the Bronze Star Medal is
awarded to members of all branches of military service. The medal
may be awarded either for meritorious service or for combat actions,
in which case the "V" device is attached. 25 citations available.
Marine Corps Brevet Medal. The Brevet Medal was considered to be
the equivalent of the Navy Cross, although in precedence it ranked
just behind the Medal of Honor since those receiving it had received
field commissions as Marine Corps officers, under combat conditions,
and had performed feats of distinction and gallant service. In 1940,
the medal was declared obsolete, since the concept of brevet
commissions was phased out of the United States military to be
replaced by temporary and field commissions. 23 citations available
out of 23 ever awarded.
Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Established in 1970,
the Defense Distinguished Service Medal is awarded by the Secretary
of Defense for exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S.
·while assigned to a Joint Services
Activity in a position of great responsibility. 4 citations
available out of 263 ever awarded.
Army Distinguished Service Medal. The ADSM is awarded
for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of
great responsibility. 2,181 citations available out of 4,993 ever
Navy Distinguished Service Medal. The NDSM is awarded
for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of
great responsibility. 458 citations available out of 704 ever
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for exceptionally
meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great
responsibility. 28 citations available out of 775 ever awarded.
Legion of Merit. Authorized in 1942, the Legion of Merit was the
first U.S. decoration created specifically to honor citizens of
other nations' service to the United States. The medal is awarded to
members of the United Nations Armed Forces for exceptionally
meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the
United States. 3 citations available.
Soldier's Medal. The Soldier's Medal was established in 1926 and
denotes acts of heroism in a non-combat situation. It is awarded for
heroic actions on behalf of fellow soldiers or civilians. 2
Navy and Marine Corps Medal. The Navy and Marine Corps Medal
was established by an act of Congress on 7 AUG 42. The decoration
may be awarded to service members who, while serving in any capacity
with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by heroism not
involving actual conflict with an enemy. 2 citations available.
Airman's Medal. Established in 1960, the Airman's Medal holds the
same level of prominence as the Soldier's Medal and the Navy and
Marine Corps Medal. It is awarded for heroic actions in a non-combat
situation or setting. 7 citations available.
Air Medal. For meritorious achievement while participating
in aerial flight or for a single act of heroism against an armed
enemy. Established in 1942, the Air Medal is awarded for meritorious
achievement in aerial operations, for heroic acts in aerial
operations against an armed enemy, or for merit in operational
activities. During the Vietnam War, for instance, a single award of
the Air Medal denoted participation by ground troops in a requisite
number of "Combat Air Assaults". 2 citations available.
Army Commendation Medal. The Commendation Medal is awarded by
local commanders, requiring the signature of an officer in the grade
of O-6, allowing for a broad interpretation of the criteria for
which the medal may be awarded. 2 citations available
Fort Stewart Museum
(Closed Until Further Notice)
Bldg T904, 2022 Frank Cochran Drive
Fort Stewart, GA 31314 Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 .m, Tuesday - Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays
Contact the Fort Stewart
Museum Curator to schedule a personal or tour group visit!
For information on the 3rd Infantry Division
Walter W. Meeks, III
Curator, Fort Stewart Museum
The Purple Heart medal, awarded
to soldiers injured in the line of duty.
Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are
wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and
posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed
in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a
Task Force Marne Soldiers dedicate themselves everyday to their
mission in Iraq; a mission to provide a hopeful future for the
people of Iraq and to ensure the security of their families and
Americans back home.
Soldiers wounded in battle deserve the highest quality medical care
our country can provide. But even in the best military hospitals,
Soldiers who face weeks or months of recovery and rehabilitation
sometimes experience difficulty maintaining their Warriors’ spirit.
But hanging on to that spirit is as important as physical healing
they go through and you can help. The value of a note or a card
offering well wishes is immeasurable in that recovery process.
Our wounded troops are cared for at locations in the United States
and Germany. The email addresses below allow you to correspond with
the places of healing for our Wounded Warriors. In some cases,
visits may even be welcomed.
Please contact one of the liaison officers below to see how you can
help these dedicated and deserving Soldiers.
The "Military Order of
the Purple Heart," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual
interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed
exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veteran’s
service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans.
FROM THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA
VA CLAIMS AND COLD INJURY EFFECTS
Thousands of Korean War Veterans were exposed to extreme cold
conditions, with estimated temperatures, factoring in the wind
chill, of minus F 120 degrees. Relatively short exposure under
these conditions or longer exposure to ANY below freezing
conditions could lead to any number of physical ailments. Cold
injury can affect the circulatory, respiratory and
muscular-skeletal systems with such symptoms as arthritis,
osteoporosis, cancer, neuropathy and a host of other problems.
A very good possibility of a link to diabetes (especially if
there is no family history) is being explored. Help is
available from the KWVA Department of Florida Veterans Service
Officer, Robert MacLean. He can be reached at:
According to our sources in the KWVA he is a volunteer, with no
fee for consultation and advice. Donations for expenses for
phone calls, copying and mailing are requested, but are NOT
mandatory. Veterans experiencing difficulties with the VA
system are urged to contact Bob who will assist them with their
service claims in any way possible.
HEARING LOSS FOR ANY ERA VETERANS
Veterans of ANY era should be aware that the VA Medical Centers
conduct HEARING TEST CLINICS. If you experienced loud noise
exposure such as explosions, aircraft or armored engines,
extensive small arms or grenade detonations and the like, any
guns on any ships, WITHOUT BEING PROVIDED EAR PROTECTION, your
hearing loss may not be due to old age. Modern audiological
tests can pinpoint the cause of your hearing loss. The old
WV(whisper voice) test which most of us were given at separation
is no longer considered valid, though many Veterans Service
Officers are not aware of this and try to discourage such
claims. Persistence is required. DO NOT GIVE UP. If you ar e a
COMBAT veteran you may not even be required to have these
complaints in your record. Contact help is available from
Robert MacLean or our Audiological Service Officer, Dr. Glen
McCormick in Stuart,
at 1-561-288-4002. Dr. McCormick is a retired Chief, Audiology
and Speech Pathology, Department of Veteran Affairs for over 24
years. Again, nominal reimbursement is requested but not
Please pass this information on to other veterans that may not
have internet service
If Interested in Wearing Medals.
A website has
been established to assist veterans desiring to display their pride.
Where To Wear Your Military Color:
Clothing The Military Medal Ribbon Should Not Be Worn On:
When Military Medal Ribbons Should Be Worn:
Which Military Medal Ribbon should You Select for Daily Wear.
Middle School named in Honor of 3rd ID Hero Click Here for photos and stories
How to Request Military Service Records or Prove Military
The National Personnel Records Center
is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access
to get copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and
the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online
military personnel records system to request documents, including Discharge
Documents DD 214.
Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential
for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur will be
minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better
service on these requests by eliminating the records center's mailroom
Former military personnel and their dependents can get more information at
the National Archives website. Military personnel records can be used for
proving military service, or as a valuable tool in genealogical research.
Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form
214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records several
Click Here for details:
Contributed by Martin Markley
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House Committee on Veterans Affairs website
The new edition of the popular VA
handbook Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents can be downloaded
It may also be ordered from the Government Printing Office at
1-866-512-1800 (Toll Free) for $7.00
Veterans ID Cards Now Available Click Here
AWARDS REPLACEMENT: Retirees who
have lost medals or decorations, or never received ones they earned,
may request them at any time. The government will generally replace
lost or destroyed decorations for service or valor at no cost. There
may be a charge for campaign ribbons and badges. At
www.thestrelz.com/mildec.htm you can view decorations and
ribbons, Army right breast pocket ribbons for citations and
commendations, specialty and staff badges for each service, U S
Merchant Marine ribbons, plus State and Other Foreign Decorations.
Former service members and the survivors of deceased veterans can
obtain replacement medals or make appeals by writing to their
respective service below. For Air Force (including Army Air Corps)
and Army personnel, the National Personnel Records Center will
verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the
request with the verification to the appropriate service department
for issuance of the medals. The Standard Form (SF 180), Request
Pertaining to Military Records is recommended for requesting medals
and awards. This form can be downloaded in PDF format at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html.
Air Force: National Personnel Records Center, Air force Reference
Branch NRPMF, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. For appeals
or problems write to Headquarters Air Force Personnel Ctr, AFPC/DPPPR,
550 C Street West, Suite 12, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4714.
Army: National Personnel Records Center, Medals Section (NRPMA-M),
9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Send appeals to:
Commander PERSCOM, Attn: TAPC-PDO-PA, 200 Stovall Street,
Alexandria, VA 22332-0471
Navy: Bureau of Naval Personnel, Liaison Office Room 5409, 9700 Page
Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. For appeals or problems write to
Chief of Naval Operations, (OPNAV 09B33), Awards & Special Projects,
Washington, DC 20350-2000.
Marine Corps: Bureau of Naval Personnel, Liaison Office Room 5409,
9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. For appeals or problems
write to Commandant of the Marine Corps, Military Awards Branch (MMMA),
3280 Russell Road, Quantico VA 22134-5100.
Coast Guard: Bureau of Naval Personnel, Liaison Office Room 5409,
9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. For appeals or problems
write to Commandant U.S. Coast Guard, Medals and Awards Branch
(PMP-4), Washington, DC 20593-0001
Your letter should include as much of the following information as
Social Security Account Number and Former Service Numbers if any
Date and place of Birth
Inclusive dates in the service
Complete Mailing Address
Telephone & Fax Number plus Email address (if you have one)
Make it easy for them to contact you, the easier the better. Be sure
and include a copy of your DD214 and/or Separation Documents plus
any other documents germane to your request. Indicate what you are
looking for in the way of an award or correction regarding an award
in your letter. If it is for corrections spell it out. Highlight the
error on a copy of the related document and in your letter include
what you think it should be. On medals and campaign ribbons if you
are not sure indicate that you believe an award is indicated for a
specific time frame and place of service and that you feel you
qualify. Ask that your records be reviewed for additional unit or
individual awards and decorations not reflected on the enclosed DD
Form 214, or DD 215 correction of the DD Form 214, and issuance of a
complete replacement set of awards and decorations. The more
information you provide them the easier it is for them to verify and
award you the ribbon. If your information is lengthy then put it on
another sheet of paper and reference it in your letter. Be sure and
put your full name, SSN and date on that sheet at the top and
bottom. Upon receipt NPRC pulls the records, attaches the request
and sends the case to AFPC to work. Veterans should be prepared to
wait at least four-six months for a response. Any request for
changes to a DD Form 214 should be accompanied by the necessary
documents to substantiate the claim. [Source: TREA News Flash 10 May
New National Cemetery Announced
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
William F. Tuerk unveiled last week a model for the new VA cemetery near
West Palm Beach and announced the facility would be called the "South
Florida National Cemetery." The 313-acre cemetery, in Lake Worth on U.S.
441, is expected to open for burial in the winter of 2006-07. More than
350,000 veterans live within the area it will serve.
For information on the South Florida National Cemetery, call the cemetery
office at 561-422-2318.
Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery
offices, from the Internet at
www.cem.va.gov or by calling VA regional offices
toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.
Illinois Veterans Offered Free Tuition
The College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
has partnered with the State of Illinois to award up to 110 new academic
scholarships for Illinois-based military veterans and active-duty military
personnel. The scholarships offer Illinois veterans an unprecedented
opportunity to receive free tuition while earning an MBA degree. Applicants
must qualify for regular admission to the MBA Program and satisfy IVG
residency, duty service and eligibility unit requirements. For more
information on the Executive MBA Program, visit
This might be the place if you
are looking for information on
a buddy or family member, who was killed during Wartime Service, and who is still buried in one of the American cemeteries in Europe. The American Battle Monuments
Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923 to commemorate the
service, sacrifice and achievements of U.S. Armed Forces where they have
served overseas since 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public
Click Here for American Battlefields Monuments
These entries were made in 2009 and
may no longer be valid currently! Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits
and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that
explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how
to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to
every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and
available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it,
because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for
it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you
-- and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and
for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best
USDR (Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees) How to Contact the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission
The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission is traveling
around the country to various cities getting input. They may not hit your
town, but if you have something you wish that they know, visit their
http://www.va.gov/vetscommission There you will find out exactly
the input, and the message format they need, and their e-mail address.
USDR Legislative Affairs
Many states offer veterans benefits. These
benefits may include educational grants and scholarships, special
exemptions or discounts on fees and taxes, home loans, veteran's homes,
free hunting and fishing privileges, and more.
Each state manages its own benefit programs. The following is a
list of links to the websites for each of the individual states
that offer veterans benefits. Be sure to take
advantage of the benefits you have earned by clicking on the link to your
State Department of Veterans
DD 214 Now Online for Veterans
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following
website for veterans to gain access their DD-214 online:
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214
for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans
with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from
their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased
former military members may now use a new online military personnel
records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for
documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be
downloaded from the online web site.
Because the requester will be asked to supply all
information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that
normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information
will be minimized.
The new web-based application was designed to provide
better service on these requests by eliminating the records center's
mailroom processing time.
The Purple Heart Registry
The Purple Heart is one of our
Nation's oldest military awards... honored to American soldiers of
all ranks and organizations for sustaining injuries caused by or
resulting from enemy action.
An effort is now underway to register the names of all Americans,
past and present, who received the Purple Heart. All those who
received the Purple Heart, or know of a veteran -- living or
deceased -- who received this High Award, can register his/her
name at URL:
Cards Now Available
11/10/2004 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Department of Veterans Affairs
officials have designed a new identity card for veterans that will
safeguard confidential information while combating identity theft.
"The new identification card ensures veterans' personal information is
protected," Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi said. "It also
helps prevent the theft of important benefits and services from veterans
that they earned by their service to our country."
The card, formally known as the Veterans Identity Card, will have the
veteran’s photo on the front and identify him or her as an enrollee in the
VA's health-care system.
Encrypted on a magnetic tape on the back of the card will be the veteran's
Social Security number, birth date and a control number. The magnetic
strip also records whether the veteran has a service-connected disability.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation,
officials said. The Federal Trade Commission listed identity theft as the
No. 1 fraud reported by consumers in 2003.
Requests from veterans and their congressional representatives were
instrumental in bringing about these latest changes, officials said.
"The new (card) ensures the security of veterans' personal information as
well as ensuring that only eligible veterans receive the benefits and
services they've earned," said Kristin Cunningham of the VA health-care
system's business office.
Veterans can request the new card at their local medical center.
Processing will take five to seven days once eligibility is verified.
Existing cards will remain valid until veterans receive their new cards.
(Courtesy of American Forces Press Service)
Military veterans and next of kin of deceased
former military members can now request copies of military records
online. In an effort to expedite record requests the National
Personnel Records Center has announced that a new web-based
application was designed to provide better service on this request
by eliminating the records center’s mailroom processing time.
Veterans and next of kin may access the application at
Please note that there is no “www” in the web address.
According to the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA),
it has been rumored that the National Military Personnel Records
Center (NMPRC) in St. Louis, Mo. was planning to automate their
stored military records and intended to discard all the hard
copies of these documents, unless service members requested them.
Members of FRA's Editorial Team personally called NMPRC to discuss
the issue and were quickly assured that such news is purely
hearsay. The facility has no plans of automating the files in the
near future, nor will they throw away anyone's records. However,
service members are eligible to retrieve a copy of the files, if
they so desire. Requests should be directed to:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63132
WASHINGTON - Veterans can receive chiropractic
care at 26 selected Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities
beginning this fall. The VA will hire or contract with
chiropractors to provide the care. In consultation with VA primary
care providers, chiropractors will offer patient evaluations and
Locations where chiropractic care will be provided
include Togus, ME; West Haven and Newington, CT; Buffalo and the
Bronx, NY; Butler, PA; Martinsburg, WV; Columbia, SC; Augusta, GA;
Tampa and Miami, FL; Mountain Home, TN; Columbus, OH; Danville,
IL; Iron Mountain, MI; Kansas City, KS; Jackson, MS; San Antonio,
Temple, and Dallas, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Fort Harrison, MT;
Seattle, WA; Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA; and Sioux Falls, SD.
Eligible veterans in areas far from these
locations will also be able to receive chiropractic care through
VA’s outpatient fee-basis program after a referral by their
primary care provider, and prior authorization by the department.
Army Emergency Relief (AER)
offers College Financial Aid
AER offers college financial aid.
With the cost of undergraduate education at an all time high, the
need is equally high. It is important not to bypass an opportunity
for undergraduate study for dependent children of Army retirees.
Scholarships are financial aid. Army Emergency Relief (AER) offers
financial assistance for awarded based primarily on financial
need, secondarily on academic achievements and individual
accomplishments. The only way to ensure your child will be
considered for this scholarship is to mail all requested documents
by AER's postmark deadlines.
The MG James Ursano Scholarship
Fund administered by AER is for students who study at an
undergraduate, technical or vocational institution accredited by
the U.S. Department of Education or for preparation for the
service academies. This includes students who are contemplating
enrollment for the next academic year, those already pursuing
undergraduate post secondary or vocational studies, and those who
are planning to attend these programs after high school graduation
in 2004. For academic year (AY) 2004-2005, 93% of all students
with complete applications have been awarded scholarship funds.
AER assisted 1,279 children of retirees with $1,783,700 with
scholarships ranging from $900 to $1,900 for financial aid, and
various amounts for academics and leadership.
Awards are provided annually for
up to four years of undergraduate study. Unfortunately, this year
about 485 children of retirees missed the deadlines and were not
considered for assistance. A student applying for the 2005-2006 AY
may not reach his/her 23d birthday before June 1, 2006. The
applicant must be an unmarried, dependent child of an active duty
or retired Soldier or a Soldier who died while on active duty or
in a retired status. All Soldiers and students must be registered
in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
You can verify the student’s status with DEERS at 1-800-538-9552
Applications for the AER
scholarship program, 2005-2006 AY, are available by mail from AER
HQ between Nov. 1, 2004 and Feb. 21, 2005. The application is
available as hardcopy from the Web site or students may apply
http://www.aerhq.org/Children_Main_education.htm , Nov. to
Mar. 1, 2005.
To obtain an application by mail,
forward your request to Army Emergency Relief, MG James Ursano
Scholarship Fund (Rtd), 200 Stovall St, Alexandria VA 22332-0600.
Mailed applications and/or supporting documentation must be
postmarked not later than Mar. 1, 2005 for the 2005-2006 AY.
Other important deadlines are outlined in the scholarship
Applications and supporting
documentation are not accepted by FAX or e-mail. Letters mailed
the first week of June 2005 will notify on-time applicants about
scholarship awards. Scholarship funds are to be used for
education costs including tuition, books and fees, or room and
board while attending fulltime at the school accepting the funds.
Students must reapply each year and be in good academic standing,
GPA of 2.0 on 4.0 scale minimum. A list of Web sites with college
information and financial aid resources can be found at
Replacement Military Medal and
Certificate Recognition Program
The currently authorized list of
replacement military medals and/or display recognition's are provided
at the URL listed below. Acquisition regulations requires that
military-issued documentation accompany replacement medal and display
recognition requests. For more information on obtaining authorized
medal, badge, or display recognition's see URL:http://www.amervets.com/replacement
Fill out the form on the website and MAIL (not email) the completed
signed form to:
Army National Personnel Records Center Medals Section (NRPMA-M)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis MO 63132-5100
WASHINGTON - Sally Naporlee turned to
the Department of Veterans Affairs to find out more about her
grandfather, who served during World War I.
After a few weeks wait for a response, Naporlee learned from the VA that
Carmelo Castorina is buried at Long Island National Cemetery in
Farmingdale, N.Y. Unexpectedly, she also learned from VA that her
grandmother is buried with him, a privilege extended to veterans'
VA has made it easier and faster for the public to get answers about
family history, old war buddies or famous war heroes. The agency put on
the Web 3.2 million records for veterans buried at 120 national
cemeteries since the Civil War.
The VA's Nationwide Gravesite Locator, at
http://www.cem.va.gov , also has
records for some state veterans cemeteries and burials in Arlington
National Cemetery since 1999.
Joe Nosari, VA's deputy chief information officer for Memorial Affairs,
said the records used to be on paper and microfilm. Private companies
have put some of the information online and charged for it, but the VA
information is free, he said.
Naporlee, of Spokane, Wash., also learned her grandfather served with
the Army's 161 DB unit, enlisting June 24, 1918. He was honorably
discharged December 17, 1918.
The VA's gravesite navigator includes names, dates of birth and death,
military service dates, service branch and rank if known, cemetery
information and grave location in the cemetery. The VA will withhold
some information, such as next of kin, for privacy purposes.
The site will be updated daily. Annually, about 80,000 veterans are
buried at national cemeteries.
The VA also hopes to add records for veterans whose families requested
grave markers from the VA. Those markers may go to private cemeteries or
___ On the Net: VA Nationwide Gravesite Locator:
CONTACT THE VETERANS
ADMINISTRATION & GET
THE INFORMATION YOU NEED WITH THESE
TOLL FREE NUMBERS
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BENEFITS--1-800-827-1000
HEALTH CARE BENEFITS--1-877-222-8387
INCOME VERIFICATION & MEANS TESTING--
January 23, 2004
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2004) -- A new Web site
designed to assist disabled military retirees in applying for
Combat-Related Special Compensation went online the week of Jan. 12.
The U.S. Army CSRC Web site, located at
www.crsc.army.mil, provides information a disabled military retiree
needs to apply for this special compensation, said officials from the
Human Resources Command. The site provides program guidelines used to
determine eligibility for combat-related disability benefits and
application procedures for the program.
“The site includes an application form, which can be downloaded, and it
gives detailed instructions of the application process, said Brig. Gen.
Gina S. Farrisee, the Army Adjutant General. “It also contains supporting
documentation required to substantiate a claim and helpful tips on how to
enable the timeliest application processing.”
The Web site also provides:
· Guidance on how and where to file an appeal for retirees who previously
submitted applications that have been determined ineligible or have been
· A detailed listing of specific information and documentation that is
frequently overlooked by applicants in their initial applications, as well
as procedural and timing considerations.
· Phone and e-mail points of contact in the event customers have
difficulty navigating the site or need specific information about the CRSC
As a provision of the 2003 National Defense Authorization Act, CRSC allows
eligible disabled military retirees to collect payments for both their
military service and their service-related disability.
According to the legislation, a veteran with "combat-related" disabilities
is any 20-year military retiree with at least a 60 percent combined
disability rating, with injuries as a "direct result of armed conflict" or
as a result of "hazardous" military service, while serving in "conditions
simulating war" or were incurred "through an instrumentality of war."
Automatic qualifiers include any military retiree with at least 20 years
of service who is rated as at least 10 percent disabled by injuries
related to the award of a Purple Heart, officials said. Payments are
retroactive to June 1 for those whose disability occurred before that
date. Those who apply and are approved will begin receiving payments about
60 days after approval. Payments are deposited concurrently with standard
As of Jan.1, CRSC eligibility will be expanded to include disabled
military retirees with 10 to 100 percent VA disability rating and
Reservists and National Guard retirees eligible at age 60 who are
receiving retired pay.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted by U.S. Army Human Resources
Command Public Affairs Office)
Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals,
decorations, and awards should be directed to the
specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However,
for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army
personnel, the National Personnel Records Center will verify the awards
to which a veteran is entitled and forward
the request with the verification to the appropriate service department
for issuance of the medals.
The Standard Form (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records, is
recommended for requesting medals and awards.
Editor Note: this link also has very good information on USA military
cemeteries and grave markers.
Locating Active Duty Soldiers
The procedure for
anyone trying to locate a solder is a follows:
Write a letter to the World Wide Locator at: Include as much information about the soldier as possible, i.e., full
name, SSN or date of birth, and reason you are requesting the information.
EREC staffers will determine if you are a no-fee requester and return your
check or money order if there is no charge.
US Army Enlisted Records & Evaluations Center
8899 East 56th Street
Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 46240-5301
Mail the request with a check or money order in the amount of $3.50 per
name and include the name, social security number, date of birth and
reason you are requesting duty address.
There is no telephone service for World Wide Locator request and
all requests must be made in writing.
Click Here for current Fort Stewart Deployment information.
Chief, Public Communications Branch
Consolidated Public Affairs Office
3d Inf. Div. (M), and Fort Stewart, Ga.
www.stewart.army.milFor current redeployment information from Ft. Stewart
Available schedule information can be obtained by calling (912) 767-1111.
lost/destroyed DD-214s - Codes used on DD-214s
A website has been established to provide veterans
information on how to
replace lost, missing, destroyed or never obtained DD-214, and reference
information on SPN/SPD and RE codes used on DD-214s.
For more than a century and a half the U.S. Naval Home in Gulfport,
Miss., and the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, in Washington, D.C.,
have provided the finest retirement and medical care for our nation's
veterans. Both facilities, now under the unified management of
Armed Forces Retirement Home, are considered model retirement centers,
complete with on-site assisted living and long-term health care
facilities to meet the future needs of each resident.
Residency is open to veterans from all of the Armed Services
whose active-duty military service was at least 50 percent enlisted or
warrant officer, received an honorable discharge and who are one of
Retirees with 20 or more
years of active-duty service, and
who are at least 60 years old
Veterans who are unable
to earn a livelihood due to a
Veterans who served in a
war theater or received hostile
fire pay, and are unable to earn a livelihood due to injuries, diseases
Female veterans who
served prior to 1948
Despite their names, veterans from any service are welcomed at either
Both Homes offer each resident a private room,
three meals a day,
some on-site medical care, plenty of recreational activities, and
to medical treatment at nearby VA or military treatment facilities.
In addition to fine living accommodations and recreational activities,
residents enjoy spending their time among people with whom they share a
special bond ? the bond of military service, and service to this
More information is available through our
website (www.afrh.com) or
by calling the toll-free numbers for each Home. The U.S. Naval
be reached at 800-332-3527 and the U.S. Soldiers' and
Airmen's Home can be reached at 800-422-9988.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research
Council of the National Academies, with the sponsorship of the
Department of Veterans Affairs , have produced and continue to produce
reports on the health and protection of deployed military forces and
veterans. These reports build on the Academies' long history of
addressing scientific and medical issues related to past and current
military conflicts. This site provides information about the Institute
of Medicine's work in this area, including summaries and recommendations
from past reports, as well as explanations of chemical and biological
agents, and links to ongoing projects.
Reports on the health and protection of deployed forces
Gulf War and Health reports and ongoing studies
Vietnam/Agent Orange reports and ongoing studies
Reports on military personnel that served in the Korean War
World War II
Information and resources relating to the health of U.S. veterans of the
second world war. http://veterans.iom.edu/
Official Policy on
and other U.S. Military property
OFFICIAL POLICY: LOST
UNITED STATES MILITARY PROPERTY
1. Found U.S. Military items remain the property of the United States
Government and the Department of Defense as official custodian.
2. Found military items should not be retained by the finder who is
seeking, for whatever reason, to make personal contact with the GI who
the item, or a member of the GI's family. By law, found military items
be mailed immediately to:
Secretary of Defense
Washington DC 20301
3. The Dept of Defense has many resources at its disposal to return
preserve lost U.S. military items.
4. When sending items to the Secretary of Defense the finder should
a letter describing the place and circumstances in which the item was
found, and the finder's personal contact information for Department of
WHERE WAS THE ITEM YOU HAVE ENCLOSED FOUND
DATE THE ITEM WAS FOUND
NAME OF FINDER
Public Information Office
The American War Library www.amervets.com
The American War Library
16907 Brighton Avenue
Gardena CA 90247-5420
Veterans Honor Program (VHP)
The Veterans Honor Program (VHP) is a federally mandated,
(California) program providing military funeral honors to California deceased
veterans. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a
Have the funeral director or coordinator contact the appropriate
Casualty Action Center.
Army 800-248-0759 or 520-533-2229. If you can't get
through call during business hours to 916-854-3821
General Orders and Veteran's Info
National Records Center,
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park Md, 20740-6001
Tel: 301 713-6800
Army Center of Military History,
103 Third Ave., S.W., Ft Leslie McNair,
Washington, D.C., 20319-5058
Requests for medals from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard should be sent to the:
U.S. Navy Liaison Office
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Requests for medals from the Army should be sent to:
U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Requests for medals from the Air Force should be sent to the:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
All the combat command reports and
other units records are at the National Records Center from about all the wars....
Anyone can go in with proper ID and get a research card - and upon request
they will drag out such records as are requested.
The place is different from St Louis - which is the personnel records
center....unit rosters from micro films etc - except those destroyed in the great
fire some years back..
The veteran's full name should be printed or typed, so that it can be read
clearly. The request must contain the signature of the veteran or the
signature of the next of kin if the veteran is deceased. Include the veteran's branch of service, service number or Social Security number and
dates of service, or at least the approximate years.
If available, include a
copy of the discharge or separation document, WDAGO Form 53-55 or DD Form
214. If possible, send the request on Standard Form 180, "Request
Pertaining To Military Records." These forms are generally available from VA offices or
Here are some other sources for finding information on veterans. ARMY RECORDS
Department of the Army
20 Mass. Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20314
Attn.: US Army Chief Personnel Service
US House of Representatives
Committee on Armed Services
Washington, DC 20515-6035
Chairman, Military forces and Personnel Subcommittee
Secure copy of DD214 from county to which veteran returned
DD 214 Warning
I had a retired Master Chief (Bud Racquer) come by my office
this morning with a scary story. His identification was stolen the
beginning of Sept. He received a call from a lady at American Express because
someone had established credit with them (in his name) and was trying to cash a
$9,000 check in his name in early September, made out to a Muslim/
Arabic-sounding name. The lady flagged the check because apparently she
had a different address on file for Bud Racquer than what showed on the check.
When she called him, he of course reported it.
Last night, Bud Racquer received a call from an investigator
that they finally tracked down the fellow who stole his identification.
The guy is a lawyer and had a lap-top computer with several thousand
MILITARY names, SSN's and other information. Each military person was a
separatee or retiree and their common link was that they had their DD 214's
filed with a county clerk. Bud Racquer was told that this lawyer had
the DD 214 information through the public court computer system.
I called our Camden County courthouse this morning and asked
procedures for DD 214's. The clerk there told me that although DD 214's
were not put on their computers, they were public record. In fact, with
exception of adoption papers, anything filed through the courthouse was
public record. A check with the county clerk in Brunswick revealed the
same information. In fact, when asked directly if someone could obtain a
certified copy of a DD 214, the answer was "yes." The clerk did
they would verify the SSN (which of course you could look up on the public
This is really scary stuff, and it gets scarier. I
called PSD here and
asked them what a retiree would need to replace a lost I.D. card and asked
specifically if a certified court-copy of a DD 214 would suffice. I was
informed that they usually ask to see a picture i.d. but would probably
issue the i.d. card without it, so long as the member had a certified copy
of his DD 214! I told the I.D. card section leader this story and warned
him to be careful. This was Bud's Racquer's main concern that it appears
that it would be easy for others to steal your identity and get a valid
I.D. card to get access to military bases.
I notified the RAO, Bob Hurley, the VA Representative, Sandra
the TAMP Manager, Debbie Lucas. Bob called Dennis Mills, the Retired Activities Program Director at BUPERs and gave him a heads-up on the
situation. Sandra is notifying her superiors at the VA. Debbie has
brought the matter to the attention of the TAMP Program Manager in PERS.
Please help warn folks. Unfortunately, the down side to
not filing the
DD 214 with the county court is the hassle it can take to replace a lost
DD 214. It can take months to get one replaced, if at all. The
line is safeguarding this important document. Have folks make copies &
the original in a SAFE place (kid/animal/fire proof, etc...).
Transition Assistance Team
Looking for a veteran?
Howard N. Greenhalgh
Department of Defense
Department of the Army
Records Management Division
ATTN: TAPC-PDR, STOP C55
6000 6th Street
Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-5576
(Federal Records Officers List)
Here are some government links that may or may not work: