Veterans can quickly determine which medals they earned by examining their military discharge forms (DD-214, WD 53-35, NAVPERS, etc). Listed on the forms are all the medals the final military unit deemed the Veteran was authorized to possess at the time of discharge.
Veterans may request replacement of medals which have been lost, stolen, destroyed or rendered unfit through no fault of the recipient. Requests may also file for awards that were earned but, for any reason, were never issued to the service member. The next-of-kin of deceased Veterans may also make the request.