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Service Regulations Related to the Purchase of Uniforms and Accessories by Veterans for Wear During a Military Funeral

Army

Only Army veterans who are Disabled American Veterans (DAVs) honorably discharged on 100 percent disability or Medal of Honor recipients can purchase Army uniforms. With proof, such as DD Form 214, veterans in either category are entitled to purchase class A uniforms (including accessories), footwear and undergarments through an Army Military Clothing Sales Store. These veterans can also call the Army and Air Force Exchange Service toll-free at 1-800-768-3204 to order uniforms by phone. Other Army veterans may contact an Army installation's Adjutant staff to request exceptions.

Navy and Marine Corps

Navy veterans and former Marines can call the Navy-Marine Corps Uniform Program in Chesapeake, Virginia at 1-800-368-4088 to begin the process of purchasing appropriate dress uniforms. Other uniforms are not authorized. They will be asked to provide their DD Form 214 in advance of receiving the uniforms in the mail. Alternatively, veterans can use their DD Form 214 to gain admittance to Navy or Marine Corps Exchanges for the express purpose of purchasing uniforms for ceremonial wear.

Air Force

Veterans honorably discharged or separated from the Air Force under honorable conditions are permitted to buy selected uniform items authorized for active duty personnel from AF Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCCS) after obtaining permission from the installation commander or his/her representative. This authorization is restricted to unique uniforms and accessory items required for a specific occasion; that is, the utility uniform is not to be sold to separated personnel needing a blue dress uniform. Items commonly available from commercial sources, such as black socks, white underwear handkerchiefs, black dress shoes, etc., are not authorized for sale to those separated personnel. The veteran must present discharge papers and other identification to the MCSS representative at the time of purchase as required by the installation commander.

Medals

Army and Air Force veterans may purchase medals from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) toll-free Mail Order Catalog at 1-888-768-3204. Navy and Marine Corps veterans may purchase medals from the toll-free Navy Exchange Mail Order Program at 1-800-368-4088. Catalog operators will provide instructions for forwarding the DD Form 214 and assistance in identifying authorized uniform items.

Medals awarded while in active service are issued free of charge by the appropriate service if requested in writing by veterans or, if deceased, their next of kin.

Requests for medals should be sent to:

Navy and Marine Corps
Bureau of Naval Personnel Liaison Office
National Personnel Records Center, Room 5409
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Army
National Personnel Records Center
Medals Section (NRPMA-M)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Air Force
National Personnel Records Center
Air Force Reference Branch (NRPMF)
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

The veteran's full name should be printed or typed so that it can be read clearly. The request must include a statement authorizing the release of information from the veteran's military record, signed and dated by the veteran, or the next of kin if the veteran is deceased. Include the veteran's branch of service, service number or Social Security Number, and exact or approximate dates of service. If available, include a copy of the discharge or separation document, WDAGO Form 53-55 or DD Form 214. If possible, send the request on Standard Form 180, “Request Pertaining To Military Records.” This form is available from VA offices, veterans organizations, or can be downloaded from: http://www.archives.gov/research_room/obtain_copies/standard_form_180.pdf.