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Korean War Casualty Databases
|A good source for information on the Korean War|
State-Level Casualty Lists for
World War II and Korean War,
Sorted Alphabetically by Last Name of Casualty
State-Level Casualty Lists for
Please pass on to other vets.
It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s
State-Level Casualty Lists for
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 cemetery kiosks.
The Web site http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1 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.
The 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
Most 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 veteranís 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 this site:
∑ 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 ever awarded.
∑ 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 awarded.
∑ 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 awarded.
∑ 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 citations available.
∑ 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
[Source: www.MilitaryTimes.com Sep 09 ++]
Fort Stewart Museum
Contact the Fort Stewart Museum Curator to schedule a personal or tour group visit!
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
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 veteranís
service organization comprised strictly of ďcombatĒ veterans.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION--KOREAN WAR VETS
A website has
been established to assist veterans desiring to display their pride.
Middle School named in Honor of 3rd ID Hero
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.
Contributed by Martin Markley
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The new edition of the popular VA
handbook Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents can be downloaded
Veterans ID Cards Now Available
Military Awards Replacement
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. 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.
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, fby 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,call van der Hooning at 312-575-7905.
Burial and Memorial Index - Military Benefits -
Click Here or go to this link for a list of Burial and
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 law.
|Entries made in July 2014|
Preserving the Military Health Care Benefit http://www.aei.org/papers/foreign-and-defense-policy/defense/preserving-the-military-health-care-benefit-needed-steps-for-reform/
Official Website of the Military Healthcare System http://www.health.mil/
Medicare Supplement Search for Veterans
Military Mental Health Resources
Guide to PTSD and Addiction
Mental Health Services | VA.gov
Health Insurance and Mental Health Services http://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/health-insurance/index.html
Locate Mental Health Service Providers
|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 interests.
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html
Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6/ch07.doc
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc
Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
http://www1.va.gov/environagents/ Environmental Agents M10
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and
Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC
Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html
|Geriatrics and Extended Care
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health
Gulf War Subject Index
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As
Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm
Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/
M10 for spouses and children
M10 Part III Change 1
M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html
|Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
Mental Health Program Guidelines
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/
Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf
Peacetime Disability Compensation
|Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death
|Persian Gulf Registry
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
Phase I PGR
Phase II PGR
Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm
Power of Attorney
Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/
|Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page
Public Health/SARS http://www.publichealth.va.gov/SARS/
Publications and Reports
Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS http://www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft
|Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11,
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
Research and Development
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html
|Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
|Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication
Subpart A√Ę‚'¨"Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
|Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief
(also √'¬ß 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/textidx?c=ecfr&sid=
|Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart
B--DISABILITY RATINGS target=_blank>
|Title 38 √'¬ß 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on
unemployability of the individual. PART 4√Ę‚'¨"SCHEDULE FOR RATING
DISABILITIES Subpart A√Ę‚'¨"General Policy in Rating
|U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf
VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
VA Health Care Eligibility
VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html
VA Life Insurance Handbook √Ę‚'¨" Chapter 3 https://www.insurancequotes.org/2013/04/26/how-serving-in-the-military-affects-life-insurance/
|VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/
VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp
VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/
VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http://www.publichealth.va.gov/
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans√Ę‚'¨(tm) Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp
Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc
VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html
Wartime Disability Compensation
|War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.htm
A Link for information on the Korea Service Medal that was authorized
to Korea War Veterans in 2000.
USDR (Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees)
How to Contact the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission
The Veteransí 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 website at 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
State Veteran's Affairs Directory
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.
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.
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.
MILITARY PERSONNEL RECORDS
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:
|Click Here for Government Benefits Website http://www.govbenefits.gov/|
|VA begins Chiropractic Care|
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 chiropractic care.
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 VAís 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 studentís status with DEERS at 1-800-538-9552
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 instructions.
Replacement Military Medal and
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 Phone: 1-314-801-6132
Replacing Lost Military Medals
|The following link for the
National Personnel Records Center (St. Louis, MO), Military Awards and
Decorations gives quite a bit of information of value for obtaining
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.
WASHINGTON - Sally Naporlee turned to
the Department of Veterans Affairs to find out more about her
grandfather, who served during World War I.
The Guide to Overcoming Holiday Depression for the Elderly and their Caretakers
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging
Caregiving Support & Help
Swimming to Benefit Those with Parkinson's and Depression
Reconstructing 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.
Please see URL: http://members.aol.com/forvets/dd214.htm
The American War Library
Thanks to Martin Markley for passing this along.
For more than a century and a half the U.S. Naval Home in Gulfport,
Sheila R. Abarr
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.
Official Policy on Lost Dogtags 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 lost the item, or a member of the GI's family. By law, found military items must be mailed immediately to:
Secretary of Defense
Washington DC 20301
3. The Dept of Defense has many resources at its disposal to return and/or
preserve lost U.S. military items.
4. When sending items to the Secretary of Defense the finder should include
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
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:
All the combat command reports and
other units records are at the National Records Center from about all the wars....
|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 veterans organization.
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 after discharge.
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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/
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
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
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 Charles, and 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...).
Looking for a veteran?
Howard N. Greenhalgh
Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-5576
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