Congress is considering providing another $60 million to help address the massive pandemic-induced backlog of records requests that has kept veterans and their families from accessing benefits, including medical treatment.

Veterans request copies of their service records, which are held by the National Archives and Records Administration, in order to receive many available benefits including treatment through Veterans Affairs, college tuition through the GI Bill, home loans, proof of military experience for employers, and the option to be buried in veterans cemeteries. Often the records are sent directly to the agency that needs them, and the veteran may not maintain a copy for future use. Continue reading…

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