Below is a list of helpful resources and links for Veterans.
How to acquire your DD-214
The best resource for helping a veteran get their DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) is the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Here are the steps to follow:
- Visit the NARA website (https://www.archives.gov/veterans) and click on the “Request Your Military Service Records” button.
- Follow the prompts to fill out the online form. You will need to provide information such as your name, social security number, branch of service, and dates of service.
- If you are unable to use the online form, you can download and complete the Standard Form 180 (SF-180) and mail it to the address provided on the form.
- You can also request your DD214 in person by visiting a NARA location. However, it’s recommended to call ahead to make an appointment.
- Once your request is processed, you will receive a copy of your DD214 in the mail.
It’s important to note that the process of obtaining a DD214 can take several weeks, so it’s best to start the process as soon as possible. Additionally, there are some fees associated with obtaining a copy of your DD214, but these fees can be waived for certain individuals.