Below are listed the various ways we know to contact lost buddies and other information we feel might be helpful to those of us not actively connected to the Army. We hope they will be of help to you. We also appreciate any suggestions or information you may have that would add to the value of this page.
The Army is presently reviewing their locator service previously provided. News of this service and how it will be implemented will be published here soon.
"Old Buddies, Pals, Shipmates, Families and Friends" is a new locator service for former and currentmilitary personnel and their families, on the World Wide Web. The Web site at http://www.shipmates.com/ is a free service available for anyone to use. There are three databases for each branch of the service. One database allows individuals to register where others can find them. A second database allows posting the names of individuals (or units) that people would like to contact. A third database is for listing reunions. Contact: Nick Baker, Email mailto:email@example.com. This is a fairly new service and the database are limited to those who provide submissions but its worth a try!
Service Records for DISCHARGED Soldiers can be requested by a family member free of charge from:
National Personnel Records Center
Provide them as much information about the service member as possible, rank, SSAN, mos, ect.,and what information you are looking for.
Q What information is needed about a veteran to arrange burial in a national cemetery and who makes the arrangements?
A Burial arrangements for an eligible veteran are
made by the funeral director or the next of kin by contacting the national cemetery in
which burial is desired. The veteran's name, rank, service number, Social Security number,
and VA claim number if a prior claim has been made, date and place of entry into and
separation from the service, branch of service, date and place of birth, and date of
death, should be furnished. A copy of the official military discharge document bearing an
official seal or a DD 214 is required and is usually sufficient to establish eligibility
for burial in a VA national cemetery. The document must specify active military duty and
show that release from
active duty was under conditions other than dishonorable. (Families of retired Reservists and Guard members may furnish their 20-year letter.) The cemetery director sets a tentative date for the committal service, pending verification of eligibility, and notifies the applicant when the burial is authorized.
Q What benefits are included when a veteran is
buried in a national cemetery?
A For eligible veterans and family members, VA provides a gravesite, preparation of the grave site and burial, a headstone or flat marker, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a burial flag, and perpetual care of the gravesite, but does not cover funeral home costs.
Q A veteran wants to be cremated and have his ashes
scattered. Is there a marker for this?
A Memorial markers are available from VA. The marker is the same as that used to identify a grave, except the words "In Memory Of" are inscribed.
Q My father, who recently died, was an honorably
discharged veteran. Can VA reimburse our family for the headstone he paid for through a
pre-need burial plan?
A No. VA provides headstones or markers without cost, but does not reimburse the cost of purchasing them from other sources. VA headstones or markers are available for the unmarked grave of veterans buried anywhere in the world and of eligible dependents buried in national, state veteran or military post cemeteries.
Q If a veteran not in receipt of any monetary
benefits from VA dies in a VA medical center, can VA provide any financial assistance for
A Yes. VA can pay up to $300 in burial allowance. VA may also pay a $150 plot allowance if the veteran is not buried in a national cemetery. Also, costs of transporting the remains to the nearest national or state veterans cemetery with space available for burial may be reimbursed.
New study of Agent Orange effectsWASHINGTON, DC The pilot phase of a study to determine possible health effects of Agent Orange exposure on Vietnam veterans was announced by the VA.
Letters are being sent to 500 randomly selected veterans inviting them to participate. Random selection is being used to achieve a representative sampling. Volunteers are not being sought. The study may ultimately include 2,600 veterans, if the pilot phase shows the full studys feasibility. The feasibility study is expected to take at least a year. If the full-scale study is feasible, that may take another three years.
Knowledge of the effects of Agent Orange has grown as studies have been completed and newer laboratory methods have been used. Study results have enabled VA to award disability compensation to Vietnam veterans suffering from certain chronic diseases.
Two earlier VA studies of Army veterans assigned to Chemical Corps units in Vietnam who died later have found a significant excess of deaths from digestive disease, primarily due to liver cir- rhosis. Nonsignificant but elevated rates were also observed for deaths due to all cancers combined and for specific cancer sites. An ongoing mortality follow-up study is being conducted by VA.
VA Regional Offices:
VA TDD (Telecom Device for Deaf: 1-800-829-4833
East of Missippi: 1-800-669-8477
Philadelphia, PA 19101
West of Missippi: 1-612-725-3311
Ft. Snelling St,
St. Paul MN 55111
The annual VA insurance hoax has hit the world wide web. At least once a year, the rumor circulates that everyone who ever held a Serviceman's Group Life Insurance Policy is entitled to a refund whether the policy is active or not. This is not true. Those with active policies receive dividends automatically, there is no need to apply. Remember that you can find official VA news on the web at www.va.gov
We see numerous advertisements offering to research names at a cost of $15 per name. This is a good deal if one is searching for only one or two individuals with uncommon names.
Pro CD has a toll free number 1-800-992-3766 for placing credit card orders. Regular retail price varies and is about $100.
Last Update 01/120/98