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The most powerful friendships grow out of the most intense experiences. But once the adventure’s over, it’s easy to drift apart.

If you served in the Army, Marines, Navy, or Air Force, you might often think about the guys and gals who backed you up through those formative years. You’re tempted to pick up the phone and reach out to your old buddies — but of course, you lost touch years ago.

Life happens. You demobilize, relocate, get a regular job and start a family. Your military pals do, too. Before you know it, you’ve moved homes half-a-dozen times, your kids have left for college, and there’s a gap in your life that this cast of heroes used to fill.

Maybe those buddies are looking for you. How would they find you after all these years? Not everyone’s on social media – and not everyone knows how to use it. But it’s a big old world outside, and you might spend a lifetime hoping you to bump into an old Army friend on the street.

You can take control of the situation by using a simple online tool that searches public records and more. This website can easily turn up contact information for military pals from your youth.

Type a name and hit ‘search’

The tool is called TruthFinder, and it is designed for people who need a more powerful search option than Facebook or LinkedIn. Let’s face it, your military buds are of an age where they have better things to do than hang around on social media. If you’re serious about finding someone, you’ll need their phone number, address or email.

TruthFinder is easy to use. Enter your friend’s first and last names into the boxes. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure where they live – but if you can add their last-known location, it will help narrow your search. You can also narrow it down by age group, which is super helpful if they have a common name.

Next, TruthFinder assembles a list of possible candidates. It should be pretty clear which one’s your guy, and once you’ve made your selection, you can sit back and watch as the search engine flicks through public records, retrieving information such as:

  • Their personal phone number and email address
  • Prior postal addresses – and hopefully one that’s up-to-date – from data such as property ownership records
  • Social media profiles if they have them
  • Job and education info
  • Other public record data that can help you fill in the gaps

It’s way more than you could expect to find by yourself, but TruthFinder puts the data you need firmly in your hands so you can decide what to do next – a surprise call, a personal letter or an invite to a squad reunion.

To access the information, all you need is a TruthFinder membership. Members receive access to reports culled from hundreds of millions of records, without having to work overtime to find the information they want.

The price of your membership means there are no advertisements cluttering up the dossier you receive, and the data remains independent and impartial: TruthFinder answers only to you, the customer. These customer reviews are testament to how effective this service is.

And the great thing about a TruthFinder subscription is that it gives you unlimited monthly searches. That means you needn’t stop with the first pal you find. You can work through your list, identify forgotten friends from old photographs, and check your own records for clues. Grab a drink with the first comrade you track down, and you’ll find that the pair of you are able to remember more names and faces than you could manage by yourself.

In fact, finding information about people you know is pretty addictive. Reconnect with a couple of old Army buds, and you’ll find yourself wondering about some of the other folks you used to know. High-school girlfriends. Old football teammates. Even family members that are out of touch.

Life takes some crazy turns, and when you reach a certain age, you start to value things differently and find space in your life for people who just wouldn’t fit when you were starting a family. Your old mates are going through the same thing, wherever they are. They might just appreciate you reaching out to come together.

Don’t leave it to chance

You don’t know what’s going on in your military buddies’ lives. Maybe they could use a friend, someone to spend time with, exercise or a vacation. Or maybe they’re going through some tough times, and a voice from the past is just what they need.

If you don’t reach out, you’ll never know. In five years or 10 years, it may be too late. TruthFinder puts the power of discovery in your hands – what you do with that information is up to you. Type in that first name, hit the “Search” button, and your journey to the past begins.