The Government's Best Kept Secret? "CURR"
By Allan B. Colombo,
One of the best kept secrets in the veteran community appears to be the CURR
(U.S. Armed Services Center for Unit Records Research). CURR is a government
organization that provides unit record information for Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) claims. The VA depends on CURR's research in order to
process veteran claims.
CURR's mission is critical to veterans because unless a stressor is verified
by researching unit records, the VA may not approve their claims. Those
veterans involved would then not receive the medical help and compensation
they deserve. CURR's research also helps the VA to make valid and just
decisions based on exposure and not just a veteran's word.
Unfortunately, for one reason or another, CURR is about a year behind
processing requests. CURR's command is the Records Management
Declassification Agency (RMDA). This agency is headed by Mr. Jack Matthews
MatthewsJ@rmdahq.belvoir.army.mil. Pressure must be brought to bear on the
federal government to increase the manning levels of the CURR so veterans do
not have to wait longer than is necessary. One way to do this is to contact
your Congressional Representatives and ask them to investigate the hiring
situation at CURR.
Because this department is so little understood and largely unknown, please
include the following contact information so your Congressional
Representatives and Senators know the who, what, and where pertaining to
U.S. Armed Services
Center For Unit Records Research (CURR)
7798 Cissna Road, Suite 101
Springfield, VA 22150-3198
If you do not know who your Congressional Representatives and Senators are,
you can easily find this out by going to our web site at
http//www.usvetinfo.com and using our Congressional links. You will also
find more information there about the CURR. Thank you and good luck.