The following information was taken directly from the VA.GOV Web site. You can request a copy of your military records online using this site: www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html
Note Under “remarks” of this form you can enter additional information requests. I suggest you request a copy of all military and medical records of your military service, especially if yoiu intend to file a VA disability claim.
Use this system to create a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative’s, military personnel records. You may use this system if you are:
• A military veteran; or
• Next of kin of a deceased, former member of the military: or
• The next of kin can be any of the following: surviving spouse that has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister or brother.
If you are not the veteran or next of kin, you must complete the Standard Form 180 (SF 180). See Access to Military Records by the General Public for more details.
How to initiate a request for military [ersonnel records:
1. Click on the “Request Military Records” button below to start. This will launch a separate window.
2. Enter the required information in the system to create your customized request form. There are 4 steps that you need to navigate. The system will guide you through the steps and tell you exactly which step you are on.
3. In Step 2 of the on-line request form, you will be asked to make selections from drop down menus about the nature of the request and the types of documents you are requesting. If these menus do not include the items you wish to request (for example, “all documents in the Official Military Personnel File”), you will have the opportunity to expand your request in the Comments section in Step 3. If you want to request multiple items from the menu selections in Step 2 (such as “Outpatient Treatment Records”, “Inpatient Treatment Records”, and “Mental Health Clinic Records”), choose one of the items from the menu and then use the Comments section in Step 3 to ask for the additional documents.
4. Print, sign and date the signature verification area of your customized form. If you don’t have a printer, have a pen and paper handy and we will guide you through the process. This is important because the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing. Each request must be signed and dated by the veteran or next of kin.
5. If you are the next of kin of a deceased veteran, you must provide proof of death of the veteran such as a copy of death certificate, letter from funeral home, or published obituary.
6. Mail or fax your signature verification form (with proof of death, when applicable) to us, and we will process your request. You must do this within the first 20 days of entering your request, or your request will be removed from our system.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is running a VAHC van from Durango on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Mike Dunaway, 247-2198, and from the Farmington area on Mondays and Wednesdays, call Harriet Mulnix, (505) 793-1782.
Durango VA Clinic
The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. Durango, CO 81301 (the old Mercy Medical Center). Phone number is 247-2214.
For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Blvd. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.
Happy New Year to all our veterans and loved ones!