Monday, July 15, 2013

Experts Recover Military Personnel Records 40 Years After Fire

A devastating July 12, 1973, fire at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis, shown in this file photo, destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records. Today, a special team at the center continues working to piece together the remnants, sometimes literally, to ensure veterans and their descendants have the documentation they need to qualify for service-related benefits. Photo courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.

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I encourage ALL veterans, active duty, discharged or retired, to maintain a personal copy hard of your personnel and health records, in light of the massive amount of claims that are currently backlogged at the VA.

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