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Learn how to access important documents with these videos.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Available military records
- Computer printer
- Death certificate of veteran
- Hired researcher
Search for any available military records
Search for any available military records online. Having information, such as the vet's service number, can help cut through government red tape.
Go to the National Archives website
Go to the National Archives' Access to Archival Databases (AAD) online database. Do a fielded search of Army enlistment records.
Use the eVetRecs online database
Use the eVetRecs online database to directly request copies of a vet's military records. Only vets and deceased vets' next-of-kin are allowed access.
Print out the signature verification form
Print out the signature verification form from eVetRecs. Mail or fax the signed form. For next-of-kin, include proof of death of the veteran.
Go to the NPRC website site
Go to the National Personnel Records Center website if you're not a WWII vet or next-of-kin of a deceased vet. Print, fill out, and mail Standard Form 180.
Hire a researcher for complicated searches
Hire a researcher for more complicated searches. A good starting point is the list of researchers for hire on the National Archives website.