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    This key provides definition and elaboration to the codes used on VA Index cards from Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917 - 9/16/1940 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15).  These cards are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL).  To access these records, please provide as much information as possible such as the veteran’s complete name (including alternate spellings), service number, and dates of birth & death then email this information to RL-SL at


    This series also is available online at FamilySearch by creating an account at no charge. Please visit their webpage at United States, Veterans Administration master index : COLLECTION RECORD, 1917-1940 to get started.