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FOIA Results & COVID-19

| April 22, 2020 | 17 Comments
FOIA Results & COVID-19

The following is the current status of posted stolen valor cases, impacted by the ability to obtain Freedom of Information Act results. Although things are not completely on hold, they have slowed down considerably.  The following are status updates from each organization that FOIA results are obtained from. NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC) We request […]

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Military Records and “the Records Fire”

| February 8, 2014 | 21 Comments
Military Records and “the Records Fire”

Many of us have heard something about a “records fire” that destroyed many military Official Military Personnel Files (OPMFs) years ago.  And we’ve also heard some people claim that “my records were destroyed in ‘the records fire’ – and that’s why there’s no record of my <insert award for valor/Special Operations qualification/service here>”. But many […]

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The FOIA Process: Part 6 – Interpreting the Results and Miscellaneous Thoughts

| February 7, 2014 | 10 Comments
The FOIA Process:  Part 6 – Interpreting the Results and Miscellaneous Thoughts

Once you’ve received a FOIA reply that’s not a “we couldn’t find anything” letter, you’ll need to figure out what it’s telling you.  Depending on your background and the service involved you may be able to do that yourself. But in many if not most cases, you’ll need to find someone with substantial military experience […]

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The FOIA Process: Part 5 – So, What Will I Get?

| February 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
The FOIA Process:  Part 5 – So, What Will I Get?

What you will get, sooner or later, is a reply to your FOIA request.  (If you don’t, you need to refile it!) Yeah, I know:  “No sh!t, Sherlock – I figured that much out already.”  (smile) Seriously – what you will get in the reply to a FOIA inquiry varies.  I’m going to discuss a […]

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The FOIA Process: Part 4 – How Long Will It Take, and How Much Will It Cost?

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
The FOIA Process:  Part 4 – How Long Will It Take, and How Much Will It Cost?

The answer is:  well, that depends.  (smile) Cost. It’s theoretically possible you may be charged a fee, and fees can be substantial for extensive requests requiring a great deal of research or copying of documents. However, it also seems that NPRC generally will waive fees for a simple request from private individuals unless the individual […]

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The FOIA Process: Part 3 – What Do I Send, and Where Do I Send It?

| February 4, 2014 | 2 Comments
The FOIA Process:  Part 3 – What Do I Send, and Where Do I Send It?

Once you have the information identified in the previous article, you need to prepare a FOIA request for information concerning the individual in question. Like most things in the government, now comes the paperwork.  And yeah – there’s a form for that. (smile) But here, for once you actually have some options.  You can either […]

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The FOIA Process: Part 2 – What Do I Need?

| February 3, 2014 | 4 Comments
The FOIA Process:  Part 2 – What Do I Need?

OK, so you want to file a FOIA request.  The question arises – what do you need to do that? Obviously, you need an envelope, some paper (or the appropriate blank form), a pen, and a stamp.  (smile)  You also need some information concerning the individual about whom you’re making the inquiry.

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The FOIA Process: Part 1 – Intro

| February 2, 2014 | 21 Comments
The FOIA Process:  Part 1 – Intro

We deal quite a bit with replies to FOIA inquiries concerning military records here at TAH.  They’re a tool that TAH uses to “out” military phonies and prove them to be damned liars. But for many the FOIA process is somewhat of a mystery.  So I decided I’d write a short series of articles on […]

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