Please Note: Next-of-kin (the un-remarried widow or widower, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran) must provide proof of death of the veteran, such as a copy of the death certificate, a letter from the funeral home or a published obituary.
Can you request military records for a deceased relative?
If you’re the next of kin of a Veteran who has passed away
Mail or fax a Request Pertaining to Military Records (Standard Form SF 180) to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC).
How can I get someone else’s military records?
You can choose either three options to gain access to archival records:
- Request records online (must mail-in signature page)
- Mail in an SF-180 request form or letter to: National Personnel Records Center. 1 Archives Drive St. Louis, MO 63138.
How do you fill out a standard form 180?
How to complete a Standard Form 180 (Step by Step)
- Name used during service.
- Social security number.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Service past and present: branch, date entered, date released, whether officer or enlisted, service number, whether the person is deceased, whether person retired from military service.
Can a family member request a DD214?
The short answer here is yes. Sometimes it happens that a parent or a family member needs to request a DD214 for a deceased veteran.
Can I get my grandfather military records?
You can order older military personnel records online or with a downloadable form. You may have to pay a fee for copies of archival Official Military Personnel Files, including those of veterans discharged more than 62 years ago.
What is the next of kin?
A person’s next of kin is their closest living blood relative, including spouses and adopted family members. The designation as next of kin is important in the context of intestate succession, as a decedent’s next of kin is prioritized in receiving inheritance from the decedent’s estate.
How do I find military pictures of family members?
The most likely source for images would be the Soldiers’ Individual Service Records file. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is the official repository for such records.
Are military service records public?
Military personnel records are open to the public 62 years after they leave the military. (To calculate this, take the current year and subtract 62.) Records of any veteran who separated from the military 62 (or more) years ago can be ordered by anyone for a copying fee (detailed below under “cost”).