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Are there records of veterans' stories which are available to the public?

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Without the consent of the veteran or next-of-kin, the National Personnel Records Center can only release limited information to the public, which does not include story records. People are considered the public if they are not the veteran or next-of-kin, which would have to be either unmarried widow or widower, son, daughter, father, mother, sister or brother of the deceased veteran.

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Limited access to veteran records is designed to strike a balance between the public's right to see Federal records, as outlined in the Freedom of information Act (FOIA), and preserving the veteran's privacy. The type of information that is released is dependent on whether the person is asking information under the provisions of the FOIA or has access allowed from the veteran or next-of-kin.

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