There is no simple process for obtaining a current or former military member's contact information. The Privacy Act of 1974 forbids the military branches from providing members' postal or email addresses or phone numbers to private citizens or organizations. In addition, the service branches generally have no way to get in touch with former military members who have separated from the service. They may be able to help you locate military retirees.
For help contacting members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Air Force, call or write to that branch's military personnel locator. The personnel locator will generally forward your request to the military member, if possible. Each locator has its own requirements.
The U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard no longer provide military locator services.
Watch out for people pretending to be members of the U.S. military. These scammers will try to get in an online relationship with you on social media or a dating website. They’ll then ask for money for fake service-related needs, like travel costs or medical fees. Learn how to avoid military romance scams.
You can request changes to your military record or discharge from the review or correction board for your branch of the service. You can also request changes if you are a surviving spouse, next of kin, or legal representative of deceased or incompetent veteran.
If you are a military member, report lost/stolen cards to your base security officer or through your chain of command.
If you find a military ID card, return it to the nearest ID card issuing facility using the RAPIDS Site Locator or mail it to:
DMDC - DSC ATTN: CAC Returns 1600 N. Beauregard St., Suite 100 Alexandria, VA 22312
Veterans Identification Card (VIC)
VIC is a new veterans ID card. It’s proof of your military service and includes your photo and a unique identification number. If you get the card, you will no longer need to carry your DD-214 papers with you.
Eligibility - You must have an honorable discharge from the military.