Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I get a copy of my DD 214 or get copies of information in my records?
When you were either discharged or retired from active service, you stipulated you home of record to the personnel folks. They in turn sent a copy of your DD Form 214 to that state.† You can call the Veterans Affairs Office for your state of record and they should have a copy. The State of Alaska Veterans Affairs Office has copies of DD Forms 214 from 1985 to present and will maintain the record for 50 years from receipt. If your state can not find the record the National Archives will have a complete copy of your service record. The records are stored at the National Personnel Records Center (NPR), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri, 63172. Their web site is: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
How do I get a copy of my Awards and Decorations
You can request a copy through the National Personnel Records Center.† A Standard Form 180 will need to be filled out by the veteran or next of kin. This form is found on the NPR web page and on the back of the form will provide mailing instructions for your specific branch of service.
What is the best way to optain V.A. benefits?
The Office of Veterans Affairs recommends you use a veteranís service officer. Several are located in Alaska and the primary POCís are located below. These officers are specially trained and certified in††† assisting during the VA process for veterans, their dependents, or survivors in filing and obtaining claims for VA entitlements/benefits. The organizations and numbers are as follows:
American Legion Service Officer -† (907) 276-8211
Disabled American Vets Service Officer -† (907) 257-4803
Military Order of the Purple Heart Ė (907) 688-8700
Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officer - (907) 276-8213
What benefits does the State of Alaska provide to veterans?
Listed below are the many benefits provided to veterans. Click on State Veterans Benefits from the Home Page for details, point of contact, and to determine eligibility and whether benefits afford a preference, a discount, or are free.
- State Employment Preference Rights
- Affirmative Action Plan
- Recording Report of Separation, Form DD 214
- Employment Services
- Land Discount/Purchase Preference
- Property Tax Exemptions
- Disabled Parking Permits
- Motor Vehicle License Plates
- Mortgage Loans, Interest Rate Preference and Low Cost Housing
- Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- Camping Pass
- Tuition Assistance
- Alaska Marine Highway Pass
- Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award
- Governor's Birthday Cards
- High School Diplomas for World War II Veterans
- Wartime Letters - The Legacy Project
- Military and Veterans Memorial Landmark Property Certificates
- Teacher Retirement Credit
Are there any State of Alaska burial benefits?
Most of the veteran death or burial benefits are federal benefits. (Dept of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration).
Are there any State of Alaska Education benefits for veterans/de?
All Veterans and dependents are offered in State tuition with the 12 month residency waived through the University of Alaska. No monetary benefits are offered to the veteran by the State of Alaska but, if a veteran dies while performing his/her their spouse is offered education free of charge in one of the University of Alaska Collages. Each University of Alaska campus has information about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits at the sites listed below.