In some cases, credit may be given for the former railroad employee's military service. If credit for military service is claimed, proof must be furnished. Both the beginning date and the ending date of the military service must be proven.
|Best Proof of Military Service
||Where to Secure
|Original certificate of discharge or release to inactive duty from a branch of the Armed Forces that shows the beginning and ending date of the active military service
|Copy of a certificate made by the State, county or municipal agency or department in which the original record was recorded
||County Recorder or County Clerk for county of residence when discharged
|Certification from a branch of the Armed Forces that shows the beginning and ending dates of employee’s military service
National Personnel Records Center (Military Personnel Records), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100
If the employee was discharged from the Army during 1912–1959 or the Air Force during 1947–1963, see the “Other Proofs of Military Service” section.
|A certified photocopy of one of the documents shown above.
Other Proof of Military Service
Some military service records stored in the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis were damaged by a fire in 1973. The military service records were involved in the fire if the former railroad employee was either:
Discharged from the Army during the years from 1912 to 1959, or
Discharged from the Air Force during the period from September 1947 through December 1963 and the last name comes after Hubbard in the alphabet.
If your military service records were destroyed either in the fire in the National Records Center at St. Louis in 1973, or in some other way, you may request a new military service record with Form SF-180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. This form is available from the RRB or your branch of service. If no other record can be obtained, a written statement of military service from one of the agencies listed below can be used as proof of military service. Only request information from an agency if the condition in the “If ” column applies to the employee.
||Where to Secure Proof
|The employee ever filed a claim for unemployment compensation based upon the military service
||State unemployment compensation office
|The employee was paid a bonus
||State Bonus Office
|The employee retired from Federal employment
||Office of Personnel Management. Bureau of Retirement and Insurance Employee Service and Records Center, Boyers, PA 16017
|The employee ever furnished the military service record to an employer
||Federal, State, local or private employer to whom a record of military service was furnished
|The employee ever filed a claim for Veteran’s benefits of any kind
||Nearest Veteran’s Affairs Regional Office
|The employee ever performed any service in the National Guard
||State Adjutant General
|The employee ever filed a claim for Social Security Act benefits and the military service involved was after September 6, 1939.
||Social Security Administration
If you are unable to locate any of the documents listed above, contact the nearest field office of the RRB. The people there will be glad to assist you.