The purpose of the Privacy Act of 1974, Title 5, United States Code, Section 552a, is to balance the U.S. Government's need to maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from federal agencies' collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information about them.
The Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act provide balance between the right of the public to obtain information from military service records, and the right of the veteran to protect their privacy.
If you are a member of the general public, limited amounts of information can be released to you from an individual's record. If you are the next of kin of a deceased veteran, you may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to greater access to the deceased veteran's record than may a member of the public. Specify your relationship to the veteran. You must sufficiently identify the person whose record is requested so that the record can be located with a reasonable amount of effort.
You can send a Privacy Act request to:
Department of the Air Force
Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
Since Privacy Act requests must be signed, we cannot accept e-mail requests.
Please include your full name, date and place of birth, and as much detail as possible to identify the information requested or amended. Click here for more information.
DAF Privacy and Civil Liberties
1800 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1800
DAF Privacy and Civil Liberty Officer