|Commonly lost and forgotten benefits due
veterans include disability payments, burial allowances
and life insurance. Former members of the armed forces
and their heirs may also be entitled to Adjusted Service
Bonds (ASB) which were issued in registered form to World
War I veterans, and Armed Forces Leave Bonds (AFLB),
issued in registered form to World War II veterans as
compensation for accumulated but unused leave.
The National Personnel Records Center / Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository for all military personnel, health and medical records. The Center provides DD-214's and other separation documents that are required to process most types of claims, including those for burial assistance, pensions and life insurance.
Issues specifically concerning military pay are handled by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. While no separate files or comprehensive reports are maintained on individuals due unclaimed pay and entitlements, active duty members may claim authorized payments at any time. There is a six-year statute of limitations on collecting pay or entitlements once an individual has separated from the service, however. Although safekeeping services are no longer offered to the general public, the military provides storage of U.S. Savings Bonds for up to one year after a member leaves service.
information and assistance tracing unclaimed veterans
benefits go to:
Note: The Aid and
Attendance (A&A) Special Pension provides benefits for veterans and
surviving spouses who require help eating, dressing, bathing and going
to the bathroom. Only 1 in 7 eligible have applied.
A&A Special Pension
Note: In 1973, between 16-18 million official military personnel files were destroyed in a fire. No duplicate copies were maintained. Primarily affected are those who served in the Army between 1912 and 1960, and Air Force personnel discharged between 1947 and 1964.
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