Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain a copy of my discharge
papers, service records, or medical records?
If you do not have a copy of your discharge papers, service
records, or medical records you can obtain them by filling out a
Standard Form 180 - Request Pertaining to Military Records. You can
download a copy from this site or obtain a copy from your local
State Division of Veterans' Affairs office or the United States
Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Download Standard Form 180 - Request Pertaining
to Military Records
My pension/disability check
hasn't arrived yet. Can you verify when it was
No, the Tulsa Mayor's Office does not dispense benefits from this
office. If you need to inquire about when your pension or
disability check was mailed you may contact the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs at:
125 South Main Street
Muskogee, OK 74401
Phone: (800) 827-1000
Fax: (918) 781-7509
I was born overseas while my
mom/dad was in the military. How can I get a copy of my birth
You may call (202) 955-0307, or write:
Vital Records Section
1111 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20522
How can I obtain contact information of a buddy from an
The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits releasing the last known address
of former service members without their written consent. However,
the agency identified below will assist your search by forwarding
your letter to the service member's last know address. Instead, to
pursue locating a former service member:
Write a letter to the service member. Place this letter in a
sealed and stamped envelope, including your full name and return
Write a letter addressed to the National Personnel Records
Center requesting their assistance with your search. Be sure to
include the service member's name, serial number and/or social
security number, and date of birth if available.
Place your envelope addressed to the service member AND the
letter to the National Personnel Records Center in ONE
Address this envelope to:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5200
Please note: current addresses for discharged service members
are not maintained at the Records Center. This center only has the
service member's last officially recorded address. Letters to
service members the Record Center cannot identify, or who are
deceased, will be returned to you.
How can I provide military
funeral honors for a veteran who has recently died?
Military Funeral Honors have always been provided whenever
possible. However, the law now mandates the rendering of Military
Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family.
As provided by law, an Honor Guard detail for the burial of an
eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the
Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of
the parent service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will,
at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and
presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing
of Taps. The veteran's parent Service Representative will present
the flag. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by
electronic recording. Today, there are so few buglers available
that the Military Services often cannot provide one. For more
information, please visit www.cem.va.gov.
Who is eligible for Military
The following are eligible for Military Funeral
Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
A former military member who served on active duty and departed
under conditions other than dishonorable.
Former military members who completed at least one term of
enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected
Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due
to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
What can the family of an eligible veteran
The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be
- Flag folding
- Flag presentation
- Playing of Taps
I am a returning OEF/OIF
veteran. How do I apply for benefits?
Returning veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom should register for benefits with the US Department of Veterans Affairs
immediately upon return.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed special
points of contact for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation
Iraqi Freedom veterans to assist you in your transition to the Jack
C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. Please contact:
OIF/OEF Program Manager
Phone: (918) 577-4150
Fax: (918) 577-3701
OIF/OEF Administrative Specialist
Phone: (918) 577-4151
Fax: (918) 577-3742
Are VA educational benefits taxable?
No, veteran's benefits, paid under any law and
administered by the VA should not be reported as income to the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS).Where can I obtain information
on Agent Orange?
Information on Agent Orange can be found online.