331.608  Military personnel records.

1.  The recorder shall maintain a special book in which, upon request, the discharge of a veteran shall be recorded without charge. The discharge book shall be a uniform type, kind, and form approved by the commission of veterans affairs.

2.  If an official discharge was not issued or if the veteran was killed in action or died in service, the recorder shall record an official certificate, general or special order, letter, or telegram from a competent authority, including letters from the United States department of defense, the United States veterans administration, or other governmental office, which shows the termination of the veteran's service.

3.  The recorder shall record without charge the commissions and warrants of veteran officers and noncommissioned officers, orders citing a veteran for bravery and meritorious action, and citations and bestowals of medals from the state, federal or foreign governments.

4.  The recorder shall record without charge the discharge or other records of a deceased veteran which are presented on behalf of the deceased veteran by a veterans organization.

5.  The recorder shall keep an alphabetical index referring to the name of the veteran whose discharge paper is recorded.

6.  If a certified copy of a public record is required to perfect the claim of a veteran in service or honorably discharged or a claim of a dependent of the veteran, the certified copy shall be furnished by the custodian of the public record without charge.

7.  If the recorder periodically publishes notice of the services provided to military persons and veterans under this section, the recorder shall pay the cost of the publication in the same manner as other expenses of the recorder's office.

8.  As used in this section, "veteran" means a man or woman who enlisted or was inducted from the county, resided at any time in the county, or is buried in the county and who served as a member of a branch of the armed forces of the United States of America, as a member of the merchant marine during the time of war, during the Korean Conflict beginning June 25, 1950, and ending January 31, 1955, both dates inclusive, or during the Vietnam Conflict beginning August 5, 1964, and ending June 30, 1973, both dates inclusive, or as a member of the armed forces of a country allied with the United States of America or the armed forces of Iowa or another state or territory.

Section History: Early form

  [C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 5173-5175; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 335.4-335.10; S81, § 331.608; 81 Acts, ch 117, § 607]

Section History: Recent form

  92 Acts, ch 1140, § 37

Internal References

  Referred to in § 331.607

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