2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 21, 2021 9:52 AM by Irene MCMANUS-ZEIG

    How to obtain my brother's DD-214

    Irene MCMANUS-ZEIG Newbie

      My veteran brother has dementia. How do I obtain his DD-214?  DO I need power of attorney? My brother does not remember dates that he enlisted or when he was discharged. I am 8 years younger than him and remember he was in the Navy during the Vietnam War. But I do not know exact dates.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

        • Re: How to obtain my brother's DD-214
          Zachary Dabbs Scout

          Dear Ms. McManus-Zeig,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men and officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1958 and before January 31, 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful.