3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 12, 2021 5:00 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking explanation of  code on VA master index

    Eric tutskey Newbie

      In regards to code I, is there a physical record explaining the reason for disability?

        • Re: Seeking explanation of  code on VA master index
          J. Andrew Scout

          There are several indexes associated with VA records.  Are you referencing United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940?




          • Re: Seeking explanation of  code on VA master index
            Jason Atkinson Guide

            Dear Mr. Tutskey,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917 - 9/16/1940 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15). These records serve as an index to veterans claim files that should include more background information about the claim, such as the reasons for disability. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 4 records series of Deceased Veterans Claims (XC Files) in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15). For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at stl.archives@nara.gov. When emailing RL-SL, please provide the full name of the soldier, his date of birth, service number, claim number, and if they have any additional information such as unit, branch of service, and names of beneficiaries. If there is any information you do not know, you may omit it, but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. The codes for the VA Master Index are explained in the handout VA Master Index Codes.

             

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            Veteran claim files may be in the custody of the Department of Veterans Affairs if they were still active in 1955 when the inactive files were transferred to the National Archives.  If RL-SL informs you that they do not have the file, please file a FOIA request with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Their FOIA website is https://www.va.gov/foia/.  All questions regarding VA’s FOIA procedures and fees may be emailed to VACOFOIAService@va.gov.

             

            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!