Most federal, state and local veterans’ benefits require proof of military service through an official discharge document, often called a DD-214 or one of its predecessors. You may request a free copy of your military service record through the National Military Personnel Record Archives (NPRC) at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/.
What do they hold?
- Official Military Personnel Folders (OMPF) including the Service Treatment Record (includes outpatient, dental and mental health treatment).
- Clinical (hospital inpatient) records created for military personnel while on active duty.
- Medical treatment records for military retirees, dependents, and others created at military medical treatment facilities (includes inpatient, outpatient, dental, and mental health treatment).
What records are there?
- U.S. Air Force 1947-2004 – Records from 1947-1963 (Hubbard –Z) were impacted by 1973 fire.
- U.S. Army 1912-2002 – Records from 1912-1959 were impacted by 1973 fire
- U.S. Coast Guard 1898-2008
- U.S. Marine Corps 1905-1998
- U.S. Navy 1886-1994
Records Not at National Personnel Records Center (NPRC):
- Records of soldiers currently on active duty and records of veterans who have separated but still have reserve status remain with military services.
- Pay records are held by Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
- The individual branches and/or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may hold other, more recent archival materials. Visit https://www.archives.gov/st-louis for details.
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REQUESTING A DD-214 FROM NPRC DUE TO THE DEATH OF VETERAN
When a DD-214 (Certificate Of Release Or Discharge From Active Duty) is required due to a recent death (veteran, spouse, or dependent child), the veteran or their spouse, sibling, or child may expedite the request by:
- Must provide proof of death: a letter from the Funeral Home, copy of death certificate, or an obituary
- Must provide the following information: name, DOB, SSN, service number, branch of service, and the approximate dates of service
- Provide the date & time of burial
- Provide a FAX number for response
- FAX request to (314) 801-0764
REQUEST FOR ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD RECORDS
If you served in the Alabama National Guard you can request your NG records by visiting https://al.ng.mil/ALABAMA/Resources/Pages/MilitaryRecs.aspx and providing the information requested. You can request the following documents: NGB 22, NGB 23, DD 214, Retirement Letter, Medical Records, Discharge Order, and DD 1883/2556-5 (Survivor Benefits Plan). Normally it takes three weeks to process your request.
Link to other record depository sites.