How To Get Military Medical Records
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Learn how to get specific military medical records information released if you’re a veteran, a vet’s next-of-kin, or a member of the general public.
Step 1: Use the eVetRecs online database
Use the eVetRecs online database to request military medical records copies. Only vets, deceased vets’ next-of-kin, or authorized reps are allowed access.
Next-of-kin includes sons, daughters, parents, brothers, sisters, and unremarried widows or widowers.
Step 2: Request medical records through the VA
Request post-1992 medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for next-of-kin. Call 800-827-1000 toll-free.
Most military medical records from before 1992 are kept by the National Personnel Service Center.
Step 3: Get authorization from the vet
Get the vet’s or vet’s next-of-kin’s signed authorization for general public access. See a sample authorization form at the National Personal Records Center website.
Step 4: File a request to reconstruct medical data
File a request (NA Form 13055) for access to any info needed to reconstruct medical data destroyed in the 1973 fire.
Step 5: Get Standard Form 180 at the NPRC website
Get Standard Form 180 at the NPRC website for a general public inquiry. Print, fill out, and mail it to request available records.
Step 6: Hire a researcher specializing in military records
Hire a researcher specializing in military records for more complicated searches. See the list of researchers for hire at the National Archives website.
Did You Know?
Individual Confederate States of America Civil War military records can be found at the U.S. National Archives.