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Veterans still battling 1973 fire that wiped out millions of service records

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Date: June 5th, 2014

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mil fireWashington DC – While the Veterans Administration struggles to repair the damage caused by shoddy — and in some cases fraudulent — handling of health care for American service members, benefits for millions who served their country in four wars were wiped out in a fire more than 40 years ago, leaving many battling to this day to collect their due.

The blaze that ripped through the National Personnel Records Center in a St. Louis suburb shortly after midnight on July 12, 1973, consumed 16 million to 18 million official military personnel files long before computers kept such records safe from harm.

Few could have predicted the harm it would visit on the veterans who were denied VA benefits — some to this day — because they could not reconstruct their military service files.  More

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Veterans hurt by military’s poor record-keeping

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Date: November 12th, 2012

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Washington DC – Lousy record keeping by the military is hurting veterans who need to prove their sacrifice in order to access the benefits they’ve earned, according to a report.

Much of the problem arose from the military’s switch from paper to digital records in the early 1990s, according to the probe by Propublica and the Seattle Times.

Many records, especially from the Gulf War, were lost, leaving veterans unable to produce documentation needed for such basic benefits as disability. But the report also found that the military has also lost records from the current war in Afghanistan. “I can’t even start to describe the dimensions of the problem,” said Conrad C. Crane, director of the U.S. Army’s Military History Institute.

“I fear we’re never really going to know clearly what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan, because we don’t have the records.”  Full Article

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Veterans Day 2012 – Tribute to the Military and Veterans

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Date: November 10th, 2012

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