(sorry...I should have changed the subject line on the first email)
In case anyone receives an email about NARA destroying military
Archives Not Destroying Military Personnel Files
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2004 The National Archives and Records
is not destroying any military records, officials here said.
The agency is trying to counter an Internet rumor that advised veterans
apply for their Official Military Personnel Files to save them from
There is no truth to this "urban legend" being perpetuated on the Web.
heard it about a month ago," said Susan Cooper, the archive's public
The records are stored at the National Personnel Records Center in St.
Officials there said that there has been an uptick in the number of
requesting their records. This takes time away from other legitimate
such as veterans requesting separation documents or medical records.
"We have a limited number of people to do the work and anything that
requests up this quickly is a big production issue with us," said John
Constance, NARA's director of congressional and public affairs.
Archivists are digitizing some records, Cooper said. "We are going to
some of them for reference and preservation," she said. "When records
handled frequently, it causes some wear and tear. The idea is to
records), not destroy them." Officials emphasize that the paper records
NARA preserves and protects the files because they are permanently
records that document the essential evidence of military service for
Bottom line: If you receive this sort of e-mail, ignore it. Your military
records are safe.
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National Personnel Records Center [http://www.archives.gov/facilities/
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