Obtaining Important Documents

The best way to receive a copy of your DD 214 is through the eBenefits website. Go to www.ebenefits.va.gov and register. If you don’t have an account you will need to register to obtain one. Additionally, you will need a premium account in order to pull your DD-213. Once you have a premium account, click on the “Manage Benefits” tab, and go to the Military Personnel File (DPRIS) link to request a copy of the DD 214. If you served before records were scanned into the system, try https://www.archives.gov/veterans and click on the “Request Military Records Online” tab

You can obtain your rating decision letter in one of three ways:

  1. Logon to the VA.gov website and visit: https://www.va.gov/track-claims/your-claim-letters
    • Download your Rating Decision Letters
  2. Call the VA Benefits line at 1-800-827-1000:
    • You will need to know the following information order to receive your letter:
      • The year you received your rating decision letter from the VA
      • Answers to various security questions (This is typically either the month and year you entered service OR the month and year you exited service)
      • You will also be asked to verifiy your personal information including your address on file with the VA.
  3. Sending a written request to your nearest VA Regional Office:
    • To get a copy of your rating decision, you must make your request in writing with your with your original ink signature (it must be signed by you) on it. This written request should be sent to your nearest VA Regional Office and should tell us exactly what you need to get from VA.

If you have one or more disability ratings, you can view your VA combined disability rating and your individual ratings online at: https://www.va.gov/disability/view-disability-rating/

You will need to sign in with your DS Logon, My HealtheVet, or ID.me account.  If you do not have any of those accounts, you will need to create one.

Once you are logged in successfully click View your VA disability rating.

You can obtain a copy of your VA Blue Button Records from the My HealtheVet website.

Note: to use the VA Blue Button feature and obtain a copy of your VA Blue Button Records, you must be registered on My HealtheVet as a VA Patient and have a Premium account.

Please utilize the following steps:

  1. Go to https://www.myhealth.va.gov/
  2. In the upper-right hand corner of the page click the green Sign in button.
  3. Sign in using your DS Logon by clicking Sign in with DS Login.
  4. You will be asked to accept the Secure Login Redirect, click Accept.
  5. Enter your DS logon Username and Password, click Login
  6. If prompted, select your Security Image and click Continue.
  7. On the right-hand side under Health Records, click on Blue Button Medical Reports.
  8. Click on VA Blue Button Report.
  9. Under “Select Date Range” select “Custom”:
    • For the Start Date put January 1st of the year you joined the service.
    • For the End Date put Today’s date.
  10. Under “Select Types of Information” select All Types of Information, click Submit.
  11. Under “DOWNLOAD YOUR DATA”, click Download PDF.

You can obtain a copy of your Service Treatment Records a few ways:

Request Military Service Records


C-File Request


Alternative Sources for Modern Military Records

In many instances, records that are available in electronic formats may also be accessed directly by veterans, without involvement from NPRC, through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) eBenefits application at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage or the Department of Defense milConnect application at https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/. Modern military medical records may be accessed through the VA’s Blue Button application at https://www.va.gov/health-care/get-medical-records/. For more information regarding the online availability of VA and military records, please visit https://www.va.gov/records/.

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