Veterans of the Great War


The Office of Public Affairs wants VA employees to join the final search for America’s living World War I veterans. A year ago, there were 20, now there are four – four names on VA’s list of living Americans who entered military service prior to November 11, 1918; four World War I veterans left of the 4.8 million men and women who served in U.S. armed forces between America’s entry into the war April 16, 1917 and the Armistice with other federal and state agencies and veterans groups to identify World War I veterans and develop a list to help the Department and the nation track these final veterans of The Great War. Records searches alone can not reveal the identities of all veterans with World War I service who might be alive. The U.S. Army demobilized rapidly after the war ended and veterans benefits and services were handled by a number of separate federal agencies. Many veterans did not apply for benefits at all so no records were produced; and a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed many military service records from that era. So the VA Office of Public Affairs is asking VA employees who may know of living World War I veterans to contact VA Central Office with their information. Information about survivors can be e-mailed to [email protected]; faxed to 202-273-6702, or mailed to the Office of Public Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs (80), 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420.