Discharge / Military Records

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DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and when you might need it.
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Discharge Conditions

This article explains the different types of Character of Discharge and what they can mean to you.

Request Military Service Records or Prove Military Service

Service members and their families sometimes need to request new copies of the important records documenting military service, including the DD-214. 

It is very important to use the official Department of Defense records in proving eligibility for benefits.  Beware of private companies that advertise to get these records outside the usual process.  

The best way to request these documents is from the National Archives website  There is one process for the service member and a different one for family members and others.

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Benefits at Separation

This is a quick summary of several important benefits. The chart shows whether you may qualify, based on your discharge status.
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The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

The Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide is a detailed 600 page guide originally printed in 2009. Read more to access the guide and learn more about what it has to offer.


The DD Form 293 must be filled out when you are requesting a review of the reasons for discharge.  Before completing this form, review the other legal education information on conditions of discharge.

If the discharge you want reviewed was issued over 15 years ago, you must petition the appropriate Board for Correction of Military Record using DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Record.

GI Rights Hotline

Since 1994, the GI Rights Hotline has been providing free, confidential, and accurate information on US military regulations and practices to servicemembers, veterans, potential recruits, and their families.
We are a consortium of more than twenty non-governmental, non-profit organizations located in more than fifteen states and in Germany. Some of our counselors are veterans, some are lawyers and some have decades of military counseling experience. We are in constant contact with each other to stay up-to-date on the latest military regulations and practices.
We provide resources and counseling options. Many of us are not lawyers and therefore cannot give legal advice, but, in cases in which an attorney might be useful, we may be able to help you find one.

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Discharge Problems Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury

Receiving either a bad conduct discharge or a personality disorder discharge can result in serious negative consequences for a person suffering from a TBI or PTSD .


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