Do you know where your DD Form 214 is located? Are you sure? You’ll need it for veterans benefits or to apply for programs for veterans.
Why not take a look at your personal papers and see if it is where you think it is. Then, spend some time with your spouse and children. Explain to them what this report of separation from active duty means. Tell them how important it is. They need to know about it so that they can locate it for you, should you be unable to yourself.
If you are considering an officer’s position in the VFW, you will need to provide a DD Form 214 to the Post Adjutant. This is a required proof of eligibility to hold office.
Need a replacement? You can order it from the National Archives by completing a form on line and sending it to them. Don’t put off getting a copy. It takes longer than you might think and it is easier for you to get a copy than for your family. Order a replacement DD Form 214
How about grave markers and tombstones? Did you know that you can get a marker for a veteran’s grave, even if they have a family memorial? An alternative is a veteran’s medallion that can be affixed to a family stone to identify a veteran grave. This is important and ensures that veterans’ groups know that the interred is a veteran when flags are placed on graves. Learn more
What are other posts doing to assist veterans and local funeral homes? Take a look at Chapel Hill Post 9100. They have this information and more on their website. View