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New National Personnel Records Center In St. Louis

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To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com>

Subject: [VeteranIssues] new National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis

Date: Oct 12, 2011 7:03 AM

Also see: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/ how to get Vet records

http://federaldaily.com/articles/2011/10/11/nara-to-dedicate-new-personnel-records-center.aspx

NARA to dedicate new personnel records center

The National Archives and Records Administration on Oct. 15 will dedicate its new National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

The center’s holdings include more than 100 million Official Military Personnel Files and Organizational and Auxiliary files, as well as the Official Personnel Folders of former civilian federal personnel who separated prior to 1973, NARA said.

The NRPC, which has the capacity to store 2.3 million cubic feet of records, is one of the agency’s largest operations, NARA said. More than 600 NPRC staff work at the new facility.

http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-05.html

Behind the Scenes Look at New National Archives National Personnel Records Center Media Tour of New Facility Thursday, October 13, 2011, 10:00 AM

Contact Information

· NARA Public Affairs Staff

(202) 357-5326

· St. Louis, Public Programs

(314) 801-0847

stlpublic.programs@nara.gov

WHAT: The media is invited to attend a press tour of the National Archives National Personnel Records Center in anticipation of the dedication of the new facility on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The tour will include:

· Stack areas that house more than 100 million personnel files of veterans and former civil servants;

· Preservation labs where original documents are restored;

· Opportunity to view original personnel files of famous veterans such as Jackie Robinson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, George Patton, Jack Kerouac, and Alex Haley; and

· Exhibition titled “Documented Rights” illustrating the continuing process of defining human and civil rights, on display through March 2, 2012.

WHO: Bryan McGraw, Director of the National Archives at St Louis

Marta O’Neill, Preservation Officer, National Personnel Records Center

WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, October 13, 2011.

WHERE: National Personnel Records Center

1 Archives Drive (1829 Dunn Road), St Louis, MO. Next to Hazelwood East Middle School off Dunn Road (for GPS purposes use 1829 Dunn Road).

Directions:

From the North: Take U.S. 367 South to I-270 East. Take I-270 East to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32). Turn left onto Bellefontaine Road, then an immediate left onto Dunn Road. NPRC is on the right at 1 Archives Drive.

From the South: Take I-70 to I-170 North (exit 238). Take I-170 North to I-270 East (exit 10B). Go east on I-270 to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32).

Background

The National Personnel Records Center is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's largest operations. It is the central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil services of the United States Government. Its mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public.

The new National Personnel Records Center has the capacity to store 2.3 million cubic feet of records. Holdings include more than 100 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Organizational and Auxiliary files, and Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former civilian Federal personnel who separated prior to 1973. The new facility is the home to over 600 NPRC staff and over a dozen other Federal agencies. It contains a state-of-the-art preservation laboratory for records conservation, two large public research rooms and a multi-purpose room for meetings and public outreach.

*******YOU CAN VISIT THE ARCHIVES AND SEARCH FOR YOUR RECORDS

Scheduling an Appointment:

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday,

7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Central Time

(Closed weekends and <A href="http://www.archives.gov/news/federal-holidays.html" target=_blank>Federal holidays)

Telephone: 314-801-0800

__._,_.___ "Keep on, Keepin' on"

Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan"

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Allen, I received my military record and I was little disapointed, It had my dd214 and other information, but lack any information on my units or medical record in Vietnam or state side unit. I have just a burr of a memory of my time. I was hoping for more Is that :huh:

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I tried for over 25 yrs to get my records from the VA. Their advice was to get them from the NARA. Somewhere around 2000 I find out the NARA permanantly "loaned" all my records to the local VARO in the 1970's. I recieved only a few pages, but enough to prove injuries.

You have to request "ALL" military records to include "ALL" medical treatment records. Make sure to include dates in country and your unit or ship.

Don't expect to recieve all of them though. Seems some of them end up in the shredder.

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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
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      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

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    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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