A DD Form 214 is the uniformed services’ Report of Separation and Record of Service. Every person serving in the military, regardless of branch of service, is issued a DD Form 214. Do you know where your copy is located?
The DD Form 214 is the first thing asked for by the VA when a veteran requests care or VA benefits. It is also needed to obtain a military honor guard, interment in a national or state veterans cemetery or for a flag from the post office for a military funeral.
The same form is needed to support membership in a veterans group or to hold office. For the American Legion, the DD Form 214 is not required for membership, but in absence of a DD Form 214, there are other means to prove eligibility. For example: photos of the candidate serving in-theater, letters from an overseas site or station, military awards certificates, general orders, military assignment orders, and other documents can support eligibility.
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