Veteran News, Benefits And More




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In the interest of providing our members with news and information concerning The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as New York, this page is being added





The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs


NY Department of Military and Veteran Affairs





Secretary of Veterans Affairs establishes service connection in association with Agent Orange





Up In Smoke

The 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed about 80 percent of the records for Army personnel discharged between Nov. 1, 1912, and Jan 1, 1960. Also destroyed were about 75 percent of the records for Army Air Force and Air Force personnel, with surnames from "Hubbard" through "Z", discharged between Sep. 25, 1947, and Jan. 1, 1964.

Officials have never determined what exactly was lost in the fire because there are no indices to the blocks of records involved. They were simply filed in alphabetical order for the following groups: 

World War I (Army) - Sep. 7, 1930, to Nov. 1, 1912

World War II (Army) - Dec. 31, 1946, to Sep. 8, 1939

Post -World War I (Army) - Dec. 31, 1959, to Jan. 1, 1947

Post World-War II (Army) - Dec. 31, 1963, to Sep. 25, 1947


If your records were lost

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) will attempt to reconstruct a vetern's records only if asked by the veteran or the next of kin of a deceased veteran. Next of kin are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husbands or wives. Given sufficent information, NPRC may be able to reconstruct a file.

This includes:

  • Full name used during military service
  • Date of birth
  • Branch of service
  • Approximate dates of service
  • Service number
  • Place of entry into the service
  • Last unit of assignment
  • Place of discharge

Send this infomation to:

National Personnel Records Center
Millitary Personnel REcords
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

If a veteran does not have any of the necessary documents or infomation, they may be available from VA or state veterans service center.

Veterans or next of kin may also submit a request for records online at NPRC can also be contacted at (314) 810-0800 or by email at NPRC cannot accept email requests for records. Email queries should only be sent to ask general information, such as procedures or hours of operation.



January 3, 2007

Implementation of Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Compensation Program Is Underway


 Eligible Veterans have until August 2015 to Apply

For Information 

Gulf War Sites

Gulf War Illnesses Home Page




We Thank You for Your Service 


The Department of Defense notifies VA when service members are released from active duty. Then VA sends a letter with information about VA benefits and assistance to aid transition to civilian life. You can find help with personal and family concerns, and community readjustment issues. There are also toll-free numbers, VA Web sites, and brochures to help you get the information you need.


Toll Free Numbers
Benefits Information 1-800-827-1000
Health Care Eligibility Information

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