In doing some family background research, I came across an old military service record which says it is a "Form 7202 - Rev. Sept., 1927". I would like to decipher the meanings of the various codes to perhaps help me find some information about this family member (which no one can tell me anything about.)

I have done three different passes of blurring in order to protect the details, and then typed a description of the fields I found over top of the blur (without using the actual values), and posted the image here.

Form 7202

  • Someone over at the History.SE suggested I try here, while another user there gave an example of a 7202 form from findagrave.com if someone needs an unblurred version to answer the question. – TML Oct 9 at 14:59
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    An unblurred form would be easier to understand -- edit your question to use the example one rather than your version perhaps? – ColeValleyGirl Oct 9 at 16:01

This index card appears to have come from NARA microfilm publication 76193916, which has been published as United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 at FamilySearch. The catalog description page for the collection has a Learn More link which takes you to the corresponding article United States, Veterans Administration Master Index (FamilySearch Historical Records) in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

The article lists the following codes:

  • K - Life Insurance
  • A - Adjusted Compensation (Bonus)
  • T - War Risk Insurance
  • R - Rehabilitation
  • CT -WWI Certificate
  • I -Permanent Disability

One of the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard is to write complete source citations for all the records we find. This helps us keep track of where we found them, but more importantly, it allows us to preserve the context -- who created the record and for what purpose, when and where the record was created, and how the record was created. All of these things help us interpret the information contained in the record.

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