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  • The Veterans’ Records Reconstruction Act

    by Representative Brian Higgins

    Posted on 2014-01-14

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    HIGGINS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 3397, the Veterans' Records Reconstruction Act.



    In 1973, a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Missouri, destroyed as many as 18,000 military records. While efforts were made to reconstruct these records, many records were left incomplete, which makes it difficult to determine veterans' eligibility for service recognition.

    This legislation would create guidelines and allow alternative methods of authenticity verifying veterans' records using unofficial sources, thus creating a pathway toward getting due benefits and recognitions for veterans whose files were destroyed.

    Mr. Speaker, while this legislation does not completely solve the problem of missing records, it is a way for our Nation to thank veterans for their service by helping them to best have a chance to receive the recognition that they are due.

    I want to thank my colleague, Congresswoman Lois Capps, for her leadership in introducing the legislation. I urge its swift passage.

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