posted on 06/07/2005 10:32:22 AM PDT
2. Restrictions on release of information. Release of information is subject to restrictions imposed by the military services consistent with Department of Defense regulations and the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act of 1974. The service member (either past or present) or the members legal guardian has access to almost any information contained in that members own record. Others requesting information from military personnel/health records must have the release authorization in Section III of the SF 180 signed by the member or legal guardian, but if the appropriate signature cannot be obtained, only limited types of information can be provided.
If the former member is deceased, surviving next of kin may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to greater access to a deceased veterans records than a member of the public. The next of kin may be any of the following: unremarried surviving spouse, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother. Employers and others needing proof of military service are expected to accept the information shown on documents issued by the military service departments at the time a service member is separated.
If Kerry only releases this information to the Boston Globe, he would be crucified. Again, I would like to see his signed 180 and what was put in Section III.
posted on 06/07/2005 10:39:52 AM PDT
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