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Military and veterans benefits often vary from person to person. There are many factors that determine which benefits you may be eligible for, including when and where you served, how long you were in the service, and whether your were on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves. Our question today is from a former Reservist who received a DD Form , and wants to know if this can be used to obtain a DD Form in order to qualify for certain Veterans Benefits. I am wondering if you have had any experience helping a veteran receive a DD I received my DD but it is not sufficient to qualify for Medical Benefits. The requirement is to have a DD

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The DD Form or the Honorable Discharge Certificate is a certificate issued by the Department of Defense DoD and other branches of military service to service members with satisfactory military records. Honorable discharge applies to all soldiers whose service has been honest and faithful, with the positive aspects of service and conduct outweighing the negative ones. The form in and of itself is a memorable certificate with all discharge information recorded in the DD Form , Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty , issued to service members when they separated from active duty service.

Each branch of the service maintains personnel records for about years before sending them to the National Archives. Contact the headquarters of your service branch to request your DD or place an order through the eVetRecs System at the National Archives website.

When you create and file an online SF Form , Request Pertaining to Military Records you will be given a list of forms to choose from. The DD Form is not on that list. You will need to describe your particular case in the comments section and submit the form as usual. This certificate has a coat of arms of a specific military institution and contains basic information about the veteran: their name and date of honorable discharge.

All legal information pertaining to discharge conditions and benefits eligibility can be found in your copy of the DD Form , Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. The short answer is yes. Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as "a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

That, in turn, means that if a person has a DD certificate, they have successfully completed their service, which makes them a veteran. The National Guard belongs to individual states, not the federal government, so there is no central records archive. Contact your National Guard Adjutant General's Office to request a replacement for any lost paperwork. Download the document to your desktop, tablet or smartphone to be able to print it out in full.

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