Topic: Need to Find Military Info!!!!
If someone can give me a clue on how I can obtain my uncle's Army Service Number (ASN) , I would be greatful. I want to get my uncle's military record, but without the ASN, I am stuck. I recently wrote to the VA Hospital in Westwood to get his medical file. I sent in copies of my state id, my uncle's death certificate (both pages) and a request in writing asking. The VA's reply was that they could not release any information under the FOIA because I was not next of kin or listed somewhere on the death certificate. I called the VA Hospital to talk to the person in charge of the records and explained why I wanted the medical file. I told the person that all I really wanted was the ASN so I could obtain the military file. They told me that since 9/11 , they have to protect deceased veteran's privacy. WTF????? I told the person at the VA that I can prove that all of my uncle's relatives are dead, and that I am the next of kin. The VA's response to my statement was that even if I could prove that all of my uncle's closest relatives were dead, I still would get denied access to his file.
Any help would be appreciated.