The Public Records Act (PRA) requires that all public records maintained by state and local agencies be made available to all members of the public, with very narrow statutory exemptions.
State and local government agencies are required by chapter 40.14 RCW to retain records for different lengths of time depending on the content, function, and purpose of the record.
Please note, this form is a request for records pertaining to the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority (FWPDA), which was created in 2014. The FWPDA does not maintain any military records related to past service at Fort Worden.
A public record is defined in RCW 42.56.010(3) as any writing that is prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local government agency, and which contains information that relates to the conduct of government, or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function.
The term “writing” is broadly defined to include not only traditional written records, but also photos, maps, videos, voicemails, webpage and social media content, emails, text messages and tweets (RCW 42.56.010(4)).
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs maintains military personnel records and is a great place to start your search. Check out their website here. Recent military service and medical records are not available online; the National Archives has additional information on their website here.