• Social Security Office
- You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it! Check the site for details.
• Order Your DD214 and Other Military Records On-Line
- This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.
I tried it, and it only took about 5 minutes to order my DD214. It will be sent straight to my house at no charge!
• ~ NEWS RELEASE ~POW/MIA Investigation Teams Search For Missing Americans.
- JPAC teams search for missing in action (MIA) Americans from World War II, Korean War.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (Sept. 10, 2010)
Two investigation teams from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) deployed to Canada and the Republic of Korea to search for MIA’s missing from World War II and the Korean War.
An investigation team departed Hawaii recently for a mission in Canada searching for evidence of Americans lost during World War II. The team will search a site where two missing aircrew members may have perished.
An investigation team will authenticate leads from eye witnesses and conduct field research throughout multiple provinces throughout the Republic of Korea. The team will investigate 11 cases located in Kangwon and Kyonggi provinces, investigating leads by means of witness interviews, case visits, and light test digging.
Additionally, an anthropologist is conducting a federal training class on recovery techniques for the Department of Justice in Columbia. JPAC regularly conducts humanitarian and training missions to assist other countries in recovery techniques, which may hopefully lead to the recovery and identification of other missing persons.
Falling directly under the U.S. Pacific Command, the jointly-manned organization of more than 400 military and civilian specialists has investigated and recovered missing Americans since the 1970’s. To date there are approximately 74,190 unaccounted-for Americans from World War II and 8,008 the Korean War.
The ultimate goal of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and of the agencies involved in returning America’s heroes home, is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of Americans lost during the nation’s past conflicts.
"Until They Are Home"
• VA Homeless Veterans Initiative
- The American Legion Centennial Post 209 is very interested in homelessness prevention and support. To that end, we invite you to click on the link and learn about the VA’s initiative to end Veteran homelessness by 2015.
I highly encourage you to learn more about this initiative, which contains information about resources for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families such as:
•Mental health services
Let's join the battle to end homelessness for our Nation's heroes.