U.S. Military Veteran Website VetFriends.com Helps Service Buddies Reconnect

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VetFriends.com -- the largest Website reuniting U.S. veterans and military personnel -- lists helpful tips on reconnecting with a veteran brother or sister in arms.

The United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps & Coast Guard) keeps track of the location of soldiers on active or reserve duty - but once someone becomes a veteran or retires -- their whereabouts can be difficult to find. Many times, a veteran will say, "I wish I had John's address from my military unit so I could at least send him a letter and see how he is doing."

VetFriends.com -- an online community of veterans, military, family and friends -- enables veterans and military personnel to search and reconnect with their service buddies. The site has over 889,000 members, and allows visitors to submit and share personal reunion stories, photos, military jokes, lingo and cadences. Other features include: information on obtaining military records and medals; reunion postings; message boards; special e-newsletters; military merchandise and more.

The bonds formed amongst soldiers who have served side by side in the United States Armed Forces are unlike any other. Upon joining a branch of the military, a cadet quickly finds a family with his or her fellow Squad members and Company.

These bonds often withstand the test of time precisely because of the unique and often difficult circumstances under which they were formed in the military. Now, those bonds can be reestablished through modern technology at http://www.VetFriends.com.

Tips on Finding a Veteran

VetFriends.com reports that the following information is helpful in reconnecting with a service member: Full name of person if known; Branch of service he or she was in (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard); Military Unit Names/Location (4th Infantry Division or the USS FDR); Dates the Person Served in the Military; Birthdate; Service Number and or Social Security Number; Where the person was born or grew up; and the location of where they entered or exited the military. Any of this information can then be applied to the following resources at VetFriends.com:
                • Search by first and last name, with military branch.
                • Search by the military unit and browse through the registered members listed.
                • Post a "Looking for message" on the specific unit page message board/forum or
                 general message board on the Web site.
                • Browse by branch unit. Look for people who served around the same time as the
                 person you are looking for and email them.

After locating 52 men with the assistance of VetFriends.com, veteran R. Soden writes, "If it hadn't been for VetFriends.com I would have only kept track of one man in Iowa. Thank you VetFriends for getting me started! We love our vets. God bless you."

Founded in 2000 by Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm, Dale F. Sutcliffe, thousands of people have been reconnected through VetFriends.com, spanning from World War II through to Operation Desert Storm and the present. For further information and/or interview opportunities please contact Maynard Anderson at (843) 856-2867 or via e-mail at: publicrelations @ vetfriends.com.

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