deployment exercise was a deployment and not a permanent change of station, or “PCS move,” such deployment would not be marked as “foreign service” on a DD214. Thus, a request for veteran’s service personnel records from NPRC would request personnel records that could confirm or deny whether veteran was in fact deployed
inpatient military hospital records (referred to by NPRC as “clinical records”) are not kept by NPRC as part of his STRs, must be requested via a separate request that identifies Appellant by name and service number as well as by hospital name and the dates, and will not be provided by a request for a service member’s “complete medical file” or “STRs.”
The same legal authority duty to assist that applies to service personnel records
as applies to requests for clinical records.
38 U.S.C. § 5103A(c)(1)(A); see also 38 C.F.R. § 3.159(c)(2) (“VA will make as
many requests as are necessary to obtain relevant records from a Federal department or
agency. These records include but are not limited to military records[.]”).