You will need
- - initial information about the veteran (name, city);
- - access to the Internet;
If you need to find a veteran, of course, you can send an official request to the archive or the passport office of the area where he supposedly lives. But the information available to these institutions may be incomplete or outdated.
Veterans and Afghanistan and the great Patriotic war and the Chechen wars have teamed up in various public organizations. The most common among them are urban, district and rural councils of veterans.
Therefore, it is better to contact the VA. The Internet has all the necessary information ('where are these organizations, contact phone numbers, names of managers). Request information about a particular veteran. You most likely will not give his address, as it is confidential information. Ask an alternative. For example, you visit an event where you need people, and you'll meet.
If you indicate that the veteran moved, it is likely he will be registered in the same Association at the new place of residence. Then you will be able to ask the leadership Council of veterans to send a request or do it yourself.
There are also house of veterans, where veterans reside. In the search process, you can contact them. You should also understand that information about residents is confidential, and the user can refuse to provide such information. So you must be a good reason for the search and the documents proving your identity.
In recent years, cases of attacks on the veterans (primarily world War II) hunters rare military awards. So be prepared that you will be treated with suspicion and distrust. To smooth out these difficulties of communication you can tell about your professional activities and confirming your story documented.