Veterans Service Records

Veterans' Benefit Resources

A variety of important benefits and services are available to veterans and to their families, survivors and next-of-kin from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies.

While the National Archives does not provide these benefits, we can help you obtain the copies of Military Service Records or other proof of service which you'll need to prove eligibility.

Veterans Benefits & Services from The Department of Veterans Affairs

Medical Benefits and Claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the primary source of information on Veterans Health Benefits.

Veterans who plan to file a claim for medical benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) do not need to request a copy of their military health record from the National Archives's NPRC-MPR. The original health records are provided by the Center when requested by the VA after the claim is filed. Many health records were lent to the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the 1973 fire.

Veterans who filed a medical claim should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to determine if their record is already on file. The VA Toll Free # is: 1-800-827-1000 and will connect the caller to the nearest VA office.

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Veterans' Family, Dependent and Next-of-Kin Benefits

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Sources for Veterans Information, Aid and Benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the primary source of federal benefits, programs and information for veterans.

State and Local Government Veterans Agencies

Many states, counties and local municipalities offer additional veterans benefits and programs. Some may even be able to assist in obtaining copies of military service records.

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Resources & Services from Military Branches

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Other Federal Government Resources

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Veterans Service Organizations and Other Groups

A variety of non-profit and private organizations can also help you learn about the services and benefits available to veterans. The following is only a short list. Please see the Directory of Veterans Service Organizations from the Department of Veterans Affairs for a comprehensive and up-to-date list.

(These links are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by the National Archives and Records Administration. Read our disclaimer of endorsement.)

Veterans Organizations:

Other Groups & Organizations:

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization providing information, advocacy and benefits for people age 50 and over.

Benefits CheckUp
Interactive benefits finder from the National Council on the Aging.
A commercial site offering free resources to serve, connect, and inform active duty members, reservists, guard members, retirees, veterans, family members, defense workers and those considering military careers.

Armed Forces Crossroads Community
A commercial site supporting the military community.

Military Connections
A commercial site designed to help present and past military personnel and their families find each other and keep in touch. The site is free to members and offers an array of resources to help past and present military personnel take advantage of their military benefits.

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