January 25, 2024

Ranking Member Takano Applauds Biden Administration’s Elimination of Military Service Records Backlog

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Libby Carlson

WASHINGTON, DC – Today House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (CA-39) released the following statement in response to the news that the backlog of requests for military service records at the National Archives’ National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has been eliminated: 

“This is tremendous news! Today’s announcement is a testament to the meaningful work done by a Democratic-controlled Congress and the Biden Administration on behalf of our nations’ veterans and their families. Democrats in the House led efforts to increase funding and resources to help eliminate the backlog, and the Biden Administration made it a priority and got it done. 

In order for veterans to receive the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits they have earned, they need to access their military service record. House Democrats appropriated over $50 million in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Act to NPRC to prevent furloughs and ensure there were enough people working to help veterans access these vital records.  

I applaud the Biden Administration’s efforts to eliminate the backlog created during the Trump Administration, showing once again that Democrats will always have veterans’ backs.”