How Do You Check a Veteran's Status?


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A veteran’s status may be checked by the veteran himself, his authorized next-of-kin or the general public through procedures established by the National Archives and Records Administration. A veteran’s status upon discharge from the military determines the level and extent of veterans benefits to which he may be entitled. Records from the National Archives and Records Administration include information on what type of discharge the veteran received.

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Specific information on obtaining Official Military Personnel Files is available on the National Archives at St. Louis website. Two separate procedures exist for obtaining information on a veteran’s status. If you are the veteran or next-of-kin, you must authorize the release of information in writing, specify what particular information is being authorized for release and the authorization must be signed by the veteran or next-of-kin. A sample authorization form is available on the National Archives website.

A member of the general public may submit a request for information on a veteran's status pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Information about the details for making this request are also available on the National Archives website. Information about a veteran’s status is more limited under a Freedom of Information Act request, but includes basic information about the veteran’s status, such as final duty status, final rank, dates of service and discharge information.

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