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Post by papisgirl » Wed Sep 29, 2004 2:50 pm

Hi,

I am a veterans wife. My husband is very ill. He has been trying to get disability from the VA since 1998. He served in Desert Storm, 90-91. The VA is telling me that they cannot verify where he was in the Desert, because he was a truck driver. They conveniently lost his records after he served 24 years! I am trying to find someone who was in the 121 st Transportation Co., in PA that could give me locations and approximate dates. Apparently the VA has no clue where to obtain these records. Without this information, they cannot verify that he was in "danger zones". The last time I checked war was a danger zone! Can anyone help? I tried to look on the net to see if there was a biography of some sort. I cannot seem to find anything that I need. Thanks for your time!

Regards,

J. Felic
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Post by RichardLowry » Thu Sep 30, 2004 11:07 am

I doubt if this will help but a unit from PA sustained the most casualties of the war when their barracks was hit by a Scud missile in Saudi Arabia. It seems to me that if you can prove that he was in Saudi Arabia you can show he was in Harm's Way.

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Re: 121st Trans.

Post by wolf » Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:34 pm

I served in the 121st. Here is my email wolfdish@earthlink.net hope I can help.
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Post by darren barnett » Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:40 pm

IF you could get a copy of an L.E.S. of his for that time period, it will tell if he drew imminent danger pay.
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:06 am

I went through a "We are not able to locate your records at this time" bit with the VA and MILPERSCOM when my local VA office's copy of my DD-214 did not reflect any of my Desert Storm time (I was not given a copy of my DD-214 when I out-processed). I requested a copy twice a year for almost 10 years and even had my local Congress man get involved and his office made a Congressional Inquiry which basically turned up the same "We are not able to locate your records at this time" as all of mine did. About 2 months later my DD-214 and DD-215 showing all my Desert Storm time showed up in the mail.

I wish you the best of luck. However, I still recommend you get your local congressman involved even if he has no luck, this way you start to build some power on your side with getting someone to "find" his records.
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Post by bilbo37 » Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:35 am

Dagger has it right.

After I got back, I had gone from the active military into the reserve component. So my records were there. Which I made copies of. I had had other times that things were missing from my records.

Get some people involved that have some pull .

Hope things work out for you.
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Post by SGT-JDC » Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:13 pm

All he needs is his DD214 and go to the closest VA service Center and schedule a Compensation and Pension Physical.

He should also have kept a copy of his ETS/Retirement physical.

If he kept a complete copy of his med records it would help with the filing.
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Post by Guest » Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:52 am

They lost my uncle records from WW2 as well....seems to be a pattern.
His wife had to go to the DOD to actually obtain them...........He was a medic in the Pacific.......god rest his soul.
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What do they 'decontaminate' trucks with?

Post by MotherMargaret » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:16 pm

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Post by rodneyw71 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:34 pm

My DD form 214 doesn't say I was in Desert storm it just has the ribbons I'm authorized to wear. I have another form that I got while I was there and I remember them saying, " do not lose this paper it is your only proof you were in desert storm", I keep it in my fire box with all my other papers.
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Post by bilbo37 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:24 pm

HMM, My dd214 states that I was in desert storm. plus all the medals that I have.
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:29 am

Rodney,

If you were in D/S then you need to get your DD-214 appended (DD-215) to show your service. It took my 10 years and a congressional inquiry but I finally got it taken care of. Not that its gonna help me in any way but at least my service is correctly documented.
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Post by MEUSMARINE » Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:56 pm

All records are kept at the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis, Missouri. The service member will need to fill out an SF-180 form and fax it to them. There was a fire there in 1973 and some records were lost. Well, I haven't had any problem requesting records for members. I requested my fathers who retired from the Army in 82 and it only took 3 weeks to receive it. This goes for both Service records and Medical records. The following info is as follows.

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Post by rodneyw71 » Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:32 pm

My DD 214 says southwest asia service medal with 2 devices, nobody else could wear that medal could they? The other paper says Desert shield/ Storm Tour Data Certification, it has my name, SSN and the dates I was there, all stamped and signed. What else can I do, or should I do.
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Post by rodneyw71 » Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:55 pm

I just noticed my 214 doesn't have the liberation of kuwait ribbon on it either.
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