Help! I Lost My DD214

Help! I Lost My DD214

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I am a veteran applying for a home loan but I’ve lost a copy of my DD214 after my recent retirement from overseas duties. I have no idea how I am going to obtain a copy of my DD214 form. Please help!

Don’t fret if you’ve lost a copy of your DD214 form because things like this happen. Have no idea what a DD214 form is? What if you can obtain a free copy of your DD214 by simply visiting a website? Read on to know more.What is DD214 form?

The DD214 form or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty is simply a military service member’s discharge paperwork. This document is issued by the US Department of Defense as a proof of one’s military status – that is whether you are retired, separated, or discharged from active-duty military. This paper also shows the nature of your discharge as well as your status with the National Guard or Reserve Unit.

Why do I need a copy of the DD214?

This document is commonly used to secure veteran benefits such as VA loans or mortgages. It is very important to keep multiple copies of the DD214 as it is the most important military document in your records. The lack of a DD214 form may slow down VA processes.

Where do I obtain a copy?

Normally, you will have to request for a replacement copy by writing a letter to the National Personnel Records Center. Don’t forget to include your name, rank, social security number, and any deadlines related to your request.

Now if you separated or retired from an overseas location (just like the guy earlier), you will have to contact the orderly room, First Sergeant or Sergeant Major in charge where you separated or retired to get a copy directly from your final base as DD214 form may be delayed overseas for up to a year.

But wait, there’s an easier way!

Remember how much we love helping veterans? If you need help in obtaining a copy of your DD214, simply go to and simply leave your name and email address and we’ll help you get a free copy of your prior service records.

Free?! Are you serious? There must be a catch.

The thing is, there is NO catch! We just want to help and if you’re concerned about your privacy, will NEVER sell or your name or email to any company or person. This is a FREE service provided by former Veterans.

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    GJB writes: I left the marine corps reserves in 2005. Two years later I tried to obtain copies of my records from the national record center.

    My medical files were lost before and a copy was supposedly stored somewhere and later sent to the storage. However they are apparently now missing as well. I was injured twice during duty and have not been able to get the military to help me like they were supposed to without those records.

    I already fended off allegations that I stole the records even though the paper trail showed it only passed through the appropriate medical record handlers for our unit. The records and copies have since mysteriously vanished. I also sent a request for dd214 form and found out it was still being held by Head Quarters marine corps.

    When I got my dd214 I noticed I was missing nearly 3 years of service off my record as well as my issuance of my good conduct medal and my additional training I received.

    How can I find what happened to my missing medical records or the copies thereof and get the complete dd214 of my records?

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