Veterans could soon garner better access to their records, under a bipartisan plan now pending before Congress. The House Oversight and Reform Committee agreed May 23 to award $9 million to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to be used “to transform operations and make military service records more quickly, reliably and security accessible to veterans and their families,” the committee said in a press release.
Records would be digitized.
“Our veterans and their families rely on access to their military records to receive critical services, including medical treatment, home loans, unemployment assistance, and burials. Many of these records are currently available only as paper documents which slows processing times and leaves them susceptible to damage. This award will finally enable NARA to digitize these records and ensure we uphold our commitments to our nation’s veterans,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D.-New York, the committee chair.