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 two ways:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

You can obtain a copy of your eBenefits Disability Breakdown screenshot through the following steps:

If you already have an eBenefits account, please go to step 2.

  1. If you do not already have an eBenefits account you will need to register. Please view this short video from the VA that goes over the registration process.
  2. In the upper-right hand corner of the screen, click Log In.
  3. In the upper-right hand corner of the screen, click Dashboard.
  4. In the column on the left-hand side of the screen, click Disabilities.
  5. Grab a screenshot of ALL your disabilities.
    • PC/WINDOWS: Click Start or the Windows button and type “Snipping Tool” and click “New”. Then, drag your cursor over ALL of your disabilities, make your screenshot look as much like the image above as possible, Then click the floppy disk icon to save your capture. If you cannot capture all of your disabilities with one screenshot, you can repeat the step to capture the rest.
    • Apple/MAC: Hold down Command, Shift, and 4. You will see crosshairs as your pointer, Then, drag your pointer over ALL of your disabilities, make your screenshot look as much like the image above as possible. If you cannot capture all of your disabilities with one screenshot, you can repeat the step to capture the rest. Your screenshot will appear on your dashboard
    • iPhone: Hold down the Power button and the home button at the same time, If you cannot capture all of your disabilities with one screenshot, you can repeat the step to capture the rest.
    • Android: This may vary depending on your phone age, but most up to date and later androids will screenshot if you hold the Power button and the Volume Down button. If you cannot capture all of your disabilities with one screenshot, you can repeat the step to capture the rest.

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

https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

C-File Request

https://www.vetlinksolutions.com/cfile/

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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