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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Where can I find Government sources?

2.  Where can I find out more about Vietnam War Casualties?

3.  What's the story on the SGLI/VGLI early payment?

4.  I was in the Gulf War, where can I find my Medical Records?

5.  I am a Veteran, where can I find information for Veterans?

6.  I've heard that I can drop my Survivor Benefit Coverage. Is this true? 

7.  Is there anywhere on-line that deciphers Government Acronyms?

8.  Where can I go to get replacements for Awards or Decorations?

9.  Can I get PCS orders over the Internet?

10. How Can I report a Crime against the Army?

11. Where can I find Medal Of Honor Recipients?

12. We moved from Germany, Is there a way to stay in touch with old classmates?

13. How can I get copies of my Discharge Certificate? 

14. My relative was killed in WWII, how can I find where he is buried?

15. Where can I find Army Regimental History?

16. Where can I find Fort Bragg History?

17. How can I get the awards I'm supposed to have gotten for deploying to Somalia?

18. Where can I find Army Promotion and Selection Board Results?

19. I'm looking for a buddy I served with in Vietnam, is there a way to find him?

20. I am not in the military but I want to get a pin, patch, medal, etc ?

21. I am looking for someone at Fort Bragg where do I look?

22. Where can I get graphics of medals, patches, rank etc?

23. I am looking for someone in the Military?

24. Where can I find information on Golden Knights?

25. Are there any tours on Fort Bragg?

26. Where can I find information on Military Auctions/Sales?

27. Where can I find official unit records?

28. I want to plan a wedding at Fort Bragg, who should I contact?

29. I would like to adopt a soldier to write to who do I contact?

30. I want to know about honor guards and funeral services for my family member?

31. What is the nearest Airport for Fort Bragg?

32. How can I send Holiday Greetings to the troops?

33. I was born at Fort Bragg where can I get my birth certificate?

 

 

Is there a Government source that will tell me where to find Government sources?
A:  Yes, there is.  Try: 
http://www.info.gov 

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Where can I find out more about Vietnam War casualties?
A: You can see (and search) all of the more than 58,200 names inscribed on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall at: 
http://www.thevirtualwall.org/ 
Additional information is available at:
http://www.no-quarter.org/ 

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What's the story on the SGLI/VGLI early payment?
A:  The President signed the new authority into law on Veterans Day (November 11) as part of the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act.   Because the legislation specified that it would take effect 90 days after enactment, the implementation date will be February 8, 1999. Holders of Servicemen's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) or Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) who have been diagnosed as terminally ill will be able to receive up to half the face value of their SGLI/VGLI policy.  To qualify for the accelerated benefit, the policyholder must be diagnosed as having a life expectancy of less than 12 months. Policyholders so diagnosed may elect to receive the payment as a lump sum. Increments of less than 50 percent will also be available. The member's subsequent SGLI/VGLI premiums will be reduced to reflect the remaining face value of the policy.  The election may only be done once, and it is irrevocable.  You can read more about this and other Veteran's issues on the
http://veterans.house.gov/ 

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I was a patient in one of the deployed hospitals during the Gulf War.  Is there any way to find my medical treatment records?
A:  Yes.  The Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses has a toll-free number (1-800-497- 6261).   Call and ask for a database search.
If you are an Army Veteran discharged after 1992, or a USAF, USMC or Navy Veteran discharged after 1994, your records are at the VA.  Call the VA (1-800-827-1000) and request copies of your individual health record. North Carolina VA Local Number is 919-807-4250.

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I am a retired Veteran  Where can I look for information for Veterans?
A:  The VA
http://www.va.gov/ and North Carolina VA http://www.doa.nc.gov/vets/.   

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I've heard that I can drop my Survivor Benefit Coverage.  Is this true?
A:  Yes.  Public Law 105-85, enacted 18 Nov 1997 provides an opportunity to disenroll from the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).  The law change sets the effective date for disenrollment from 17 May 1998 to 16 May 1999.  There is no refund of paid premiums.  The form needed to disenroll is DD Form 2656-2, May 1998 (EG).  This is a big decision - contact your local Retirement Services Office for advice and assistance.  You can also see Army Retirement Services on-line at
www.odcsper.army.mil/ 

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Is there anywhere on-line that deciphers Government and DOD acronyms?
A:  Yes; try: 
http://www.dfcc.army.mil/Acronym/AcronymnSearch.asp (Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations), http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/call/thesaurus.asp (US Army Combined Arms Center Thesaurus and Acronyms), or  https://www.rmda.army.mil/abbreviation/MainMenu.asp (US Army Addresses, Brevity Codes and Acronyms)

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My father lost his Army medals in a house fire.  Is there a way to get replacements?  How much do they cost?
A:  Yes, replacement medals are provided at no charge.  See:
http://www.archives.gov/ 

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Is there a way to get information about my PCS orders over the Internet?
A:  The Army Personnel Command expects to have this capability on line in FY 1998.  You can get current Army personnel info over the Internet at:  
https://www.hrc.army.mil/indexflash.asp   

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How can I report a crime against the Army?
A.  We need the support of the military and civilian communities to help us wage the war against crime which transcends community borders. If you have information concerning a crime committed against the Army, one which may have been committed by a member of the military, or one committed by anyone against a member of the military, you can provide that information in confidence using the following link:  http://www.dodig.mil/hotline/index.html

There is also a Department of Defense Fraud Waste and Abuse Hotline which will accept anonymous telephone calls at: 1-800-424-9098.

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Where can I find information about soldiers who have been awarded the Medal of Honor?
A:  You may read all of the Medal of Honor Citations at:  http://www.history.army.mil/moh.html
 

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I attended high school in Germany until we moved.  Is there a way to stay in touch with my old classmates?
A:  Yes, DoD has an official World Wide Web Site called Military Teens on the Move.   
Check it out at: 
http://www.defenselink.mil/mtom/ 

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How can I get copies of my Discharge Certificate (DD-214) and Army records?
A:  It is now possible for veterans and family members of deceased veterans to obtain copies of DD-214's online. To obtain a DD-214, go to the National Personnel Records Center’s Website at
http://www.archives.gov/research_room/vetrecs/

Military records are available from the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), Military Personnel Records (MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th Century. NPRC(MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at Navy medical facilities. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law. See their site for instructions and information at:  http://www.archives.gov/ 

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My Uncle was killed in combat during WWII, how can I find where he is buried?
A:  The American Battle Monuments Commission runs all American overseas cemeteries.  The
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), an independent agency of the government’s executive branch, is responsible for maintaining cemeteries and monuments honoring overseas dead. The Commission is responsible for 24 American military cemeteries, 15 separate monuments and four memorials in 12 countries.  Their address is 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22201-3367 [Telephone (703) 696-6897 or 696-6896].  The commission's European address is ABMC, American Embassy, Paris, PSC 116, APO AE 09777.   

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Where can I find Army regimental history?
A:  The Organizational History Branch at the US Army Center for Military History has a web site for your use:  
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/default.htm   

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Where can I find Fort Bragg history?
A:  The Fort Bragg History can be found at
http://www.bragg.army.mil/history/default.htm

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How can I get the awards I'm supposed to have gotten for deploying to Somalia?
A:  First stop is your unit personnel section.  Deployment history is displayed on your EDAS Soldier's Record (ESR) and can be accessed by Personnel Service Battalions, Military Personnel Division and Installation Enlisted Strength Managers.  Any awards due can be quickly identified and verified.  You can also contact The Total Army Personnel Center  but your local personnel office will be faster.

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Where can I find Army promotion and selection board results?
A:  Promotion and selection lists are published at:  
https://www.hrc.army.mil/indexflash.asp   

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I'm looking for a buddy I served with in Vietnam, is there an easy way to find him?
A: 
 Other Places to Look  or http://www.publicrecordfinder.com/military.html

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I'm not in the Military anymore but I am looking for patches, medals, pins, etc can you help me?
A:  Try
http://www.military-patches.com/ or http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/

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I'm looking for someone stationed at Fort Bragg, do you have a phone number or e-mail address for him?
A:  You can  try
http://www.whowhere.com/.

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Where can I find graphics of Insignia of Rank, Badges, Awards, Decorations, and Service Medals, etc.?
A:  Try
https://www.hrc.army.mil/indexflash.asp  or http://www.usarc.army.mil/

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I am looking for someone who is in the military?
A:  Try World Wide Locator at
https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/EREC/index.htm.

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Where can I find  information on the Golden Knights?
A:  Try
http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/goldenknights/index.htm

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I would like to know if there are any tours of the Special Forces or the 82nd training facilities available for civilian tours in Fort Bragg?
A:  Fort Bragg does not have any official tours,  but for information on the below arranged tours contact the appropriate person.

Scout Tours - Contact Mr. Russell at Community Activities & Services Business Office

Army Reunions - Contact Ms. Watson at Garrison Commander's Office

ROTC & JROTC Visits - Contact Mr. John at Readiness Business Center

Schools, Clubs, Churches, Recruiting, & Other Tours -Contact Ms. Lee at Community Relations Office.   

Fort Bragg is also the home to two excellent military museums that are open every day except Monday. When you get to the area, there are signs along the major routes on post directing you to the 82d Airborne Museum and the Special Operations Museum. 

The 82d Museum should also have copies of the driving tour of Fort Bragg that highlights the major historical places on this installation.

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Where can I find information on Military Auctions/Sales?
A:  Try http://www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/.

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Where can I find official unit records?

    Operational records of United States Army organizations created prior to 1940 are in the custody of the Military Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC  20408.  Requests regarding records created during World War II and the Korean War should be addressed to the Textual Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001.  Operational records of United States Army units that served in Southeast Asia are also in the custody of the Textual Reference Branch of the National Archives.  You maybe able to access additional information about these holdings from the National Archives and Records Administration website at http://www.nara.gov.

    Information relating to operational records created since 1954 by those United States Army organizations that did not serve in Southeast Asia may be available through the DA Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office,7798 Cissna Road, Suite 205, Springfield, VA 22150-3166.  Y

    Certain Unit Rosters and Morning Reports are also in the custody of the National Personnel Records, information about these collections can be found at http://www.archives.gov/.

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I want to plan a wedding at Fort Bragg, who should I contact?

Contact the Fort Bragg Club Complex Catering Office at (910) 907-1945, if you are planning a wedding on Fort Bragg.  When space is available, lodging (Airborne Inn, 396-7700) is available for visitors or family members attending the wedding.

I would like to adopt a soldier to write to who do I contact?

The American Red Cross distributes what is referred to as "Any serviceman" mail while we are deployed overseas with the troops. As far as assisting in linking people up to be pen pals or e-mail pals, it would not be something we would be able to assist with, due to time limitations and confidentiality issues.  You might also consider contacting your local Reserve Unit to see if anyone has been called up from your own area.

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What is the nearest Airport for Fort Bragg?

Nearest Airport is Fayetteville Regional Airport. Does not have a shuttle at this time. But there is Taxi service. Airport number is 910-433-1160  Taxi service number is 910-624-3891

How can I send Holiday Greetings to the troops?

Contact your units FRG located with your units FRG Leader.

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I was born at Fort Bragg where can I get a copy of my Birth Certificate?

Need a copy of your child's birth certificate, or maybe just your own? The National Center for Health Statistics

(NCHS) provides a listing of state and U.S. territory vital statistics offices to contact for copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates. The NCHS also offers tips on how what information to provide when making a request and gives the approximate cost of obtaining each type of vital record in each state.

Find out where to write for vital records at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm

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