The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) does not issue service medals; that is a function of each military service department. Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for cases involving Air Force and Army personnel (click here for exceptions), the NPRC will verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the request along with the records verification to the appropriate service department for issuance of the medals.
The tradition of burial at sea is an ancient one. As far as anyone knows this has been a practice as long as people have gone to sea. In earlier times, the body was sewn into a weighted shroud, usually sailcloth. The body was then sent over the side, usually with an appropriate religious ceremony. Many burials at sea took place as recently as World War II when naval forces operated at sea for weeks, and months at a time. Since World War II many service members, veterans, and family members have chosen to be buried at sea.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue, Washington DC 20420 202-273-5781 Website|Directions
The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for Veterans of any nation in the world, with roots that can be traced back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law that stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony. Later, the Continental Congress of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the Revolutionary War, providing pensions to disabled soldiers. In the early days of the Republic, individual states and communities provided direct medical and hospital care to Veterans. In 1811, the federal government authorized the first domiciliary and medical facility for Veterans. Also in the 19th century, the nation's Veterans assistance program was expanded to include benefits and pensions not only for Veterans, but for their widows and dependents. Read more >
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents & Survivors
This publication explains disability, pension, health care, education and housing loans, and other benefit programs for veterans and their families. Now includes information on survivors benefits. View this publication online.
Military Funeral Honors
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to the veteran's family. This website will provide information on Military Funeral Honors along with helpful links to websites related to other military and veterans' issues. The website will also serve as a resource tool for our nation's funeral directors as they assist veterans' families by arranging Military Funeral Honors.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you. Learn more >
Request Military Service Records
Request military records and learn about other services for yourself or a family member.
Armed Forces Recreation Center Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) full-service resort hotels are Joint Service Facilities that provide quality, wholesome, affordable, Family-oriented vacation recreation opportunities to service members, their families, and other authorized patrons (including official travelers) of the Total Defense Force.
Armed Forces Vacation Club Open up a world of affordable vacation options for you and your family through Armed Forces Vacation Club. Free membership is one small way we thank you for your service.
DOD Lodging Our comfortable rooms are clean, spacious and offer many amenities to make you feel at home. Plus, we are located around the world.
U.S. Military Campgrounds & RV Parks This site is unofficial and operated by a private citizen, proudly retired from the U.S. Air Force. It is NOT endorsed or sponsored by the Department of Defense, any branch of the military services, or any government agency.
Armed Forces Retirement Home The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) is an independent agency in the Executive branch. AFRH provides residences and related services for certain retired and former members of the Armed Forces (24 U.S. Code 10, Subchapter 411). Read more >
Retirement Living Information Center The Retirement Living Information Center provides a convenient, easy-to-use resource designed to assist you in planning and making decisions about your retirement.
Social Security Retirement Benefits Social Security offers an online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. Better yet, you can apply from the comfort of your home or office at a time most convenient for you.
Veterans Find information for U.S. Military Veterans and their Families.
eBenefits This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). They serve Veterans, Service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers.
National Resource Directory This site provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Wounded warriors, Service Members, veterans, families and caregivers can find information on key topics such as health care, employment and education.
North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs
The Division of Veterans Affairs is organized into the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs under Secretary Corell Wilson. The North Carolina State Veterans Service Office is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Winston-Salem. Veteran Service Offices are strategically located throughout the state from Murphy to Elizabeth City. Four State Cemeteries are located in Black Mountain, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Spring Lake. The Division oversees four State Veterans Nursing Homes, located in Fayetteville, Black Mountain, Salisbury and Kinston North Carolina.
Qualified North Carolina military veterans are able to carry the designation “VETERAN” on their driver licenses and identification cards. Thanks to a law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, veterans who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces who present their DD-214 discharge form can apply at a driver license office for the new designation.
North Carolina - Wilmington Veterans Health Care Center
Wilmington Health Care Center 1705 Gardner Road, Wilmington, NC 28405 910-343-5300 Webpage|Directions
The new 80,742 square foot Wilmington Health Care Center opened in May of 2013 to provide exceptional health care to Veterans in the Wilmington and Brunswick communities and throughout coastal Carolina.
Note: The Wilmington Health Care Center is located on the grounds of the Wilmington International Airport.