Title 37-B: DEFENSE, VETERANS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HEADING: PL 1997, C. 455, §9 (RPR)
Chapter 7: BUREAU OF MAINE VETERANS' SERVICES HEADING: PL 1991, C. 626, §7 (RPR); 1997, C. 455,
§509. Confidentiality of military service records
1.Certificate of release.
A certificate of release or discharge , casualty report, death notice or other record pertaining to active duty service issued by the United States Government, classified by the United States Government as confidential and filed for safekeeping with any state, county or local government authority is
confidential for a period of 62 years following its date of issuance. During that 62-year period, it is unlawful for a person to permit inspection of the record, to disclose
information contained in the record or to issue a copy of all or any part of the record
except as authorized by this section or by court order. Nothing is this section may be construed to make a record confidential that is not
directed to be confidential by the United States Government.
2013, c. 237, §2 (AMD)
Upon presentation of proper identification, any of the following persons may examine
a record filed pursuant to this section and obtain free of charge a copy or certified
copy of all or part of the record:
A. The person who is the subject of the record; [2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW).]
B. The spouse or next of kin of the person who is the subject of the record; [2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW).]
C. A person named in an appropriate power of attorney executed by the person who is
the subject of the record; [2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW).]
D. The administrator, executor, guardian or legal representative of the person who
is the subject of the record; [2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW).]
E. An attorney for any person specified in paragraphs A to D of this subsection; [2005, c. 273, §3 (AMD).]
F. A civilian employee or military member of the department when in the conduct of
official duties; or [2005, c. 273, §3 (AMD).]
G. The administrator of the Maine Veterans' Home when in the conduct of official duties. [2005, c. 273, §4 (NEW).]
2005, c. 273, §§3, 4 (AMD)
Records kept pursuant to this section may not be reproduced or used in whole or
in part for any commercial or speculative purposes.
2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW)
An individual, agency or court that obtains information pursuant to this section
may not disseminate or disclose the information or any part of this information except
as authorized in this section or otherwise by law.
2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW)
5.Release of information for veterans honor roll.
Upon request in a manner determined by the bureau, the bureau may release the following
information relating to a person from a municipality who has honorably served in the
United States Armed Forces to a municipal official, as defined in Title 30-A, section
2001, subsection 11, for the purpose of establishing or updating a veterans honor
roll in that municipality:
A. The name of the person; [2011, c. 481, §1 (NEW).]
B. The date the person entered the service; [2011, c. 481, §1 (NEW).]
C. The branch of the service entered; and [2011, c. 481, §1 (NEW).]
D. The date the person was honorably discharged. [2011, c. 481, §1 (NEW).]
2011, c. 481, §1 (NEW)
2003, c. 404, §7 (NEW).
2005, c. 273, §§3,4 (AMD).
2011, c. 481, §1 (AMD).
2013, c. 237, §2 (AMD).
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