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What is a DD-214?

A DD214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” is the form normally issued when a Veteran completes a period of active duty service.

Some of the information this form shows are the entrance and separation dates of active duty, total active duty service, character of discharge (i.e., honorable, under honorable conditions, general, under other than honorable conditions, etc.), narrative reason for separation (i.e., completion of required service, physical disability, retirement, etc.), primary specialty in service, and severance pay.  Sometimes the form will show where and when overseas service was performed.  This form usually lists decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons awarded or authorized.  However, the official verified list of these awards is in the Veteran’s military personnel file.

The information on this form helps us to have an idea of benefits for which you may be entitled.       

If you are confused about your discharge, or if you have any questions about the VA Disability process, don't hesitate to give our office a call. 1-877-526-3457. Or, tell us about your claim now.

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