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DD214 and Military Discharge Papers

Veteran

Please be prepared to provide your full name, dates of service, branch of service, birth date and social security number. If the CVSO or MDVA have your record on file, you will have to fill out and sign a Request for Release of Private Data form and either bring the form with you to pick up your DD214 or discharge paper or mail the notarized form in to receive your copy by mail. A printable Request for Release of Private Data form can be found here.

Deceased Veteran

When a Veteran is deceased, surviving spouses, children, and parents may request copies of a Veteran’s DD214 or discharge papers.

· Spouses of a deceased Veteran must provide the Veteran’s full name, dates of service, branch of service, birth date, date of Veteran’s death, and social security number for the Veteran as well as their marriage certificate and the death certificate of the deceased Veteran.

· Children of a deceased Veteran must provide the Veteran’s full name, dates of service, branch of service, birth date, date of Veteran’s death, and social security number for the Veteran. In addition, a birth certificate to connect them with the Veteran and death certificates for both the Veteran and the deceased spouse of the Veteran.

· Parents of a deceased Veteran must provide the Veteran’s full name, dates of service, branch of service, birth date, date of Veteran’s death, and social security number for the Veteran. In addition, a copy of the deceased Veteran’s birth certificate naming them as a parent and a signed statement attesting that the Veteran has no surviving spouse and no surviving children.

There are two ways to request a DD214 or military discharge papers. You can contact your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) or call MDVA's main number at (651) 296-2562 .

To find your CVSO visit www.macvso.org or call 1 (888) LinkVet (546-5838).