Since January 1, 1950, the DD Form 214 has been the primary Report of Separation for members of the United States Armed Forces. Along with providing an in-depth look at a veteran's career and character of service, the DD214 also lists the type of separation and the reason for separation—making it the form most often requested to show proof of service and honorable discharge. Servicemembers are given their DD214 upon separation, discharge, or retirement from active duty, and nowadays most veterans understand the importance of keeping a copy of their DD214 handy to apply for exclusive veteran benefits and opportunities. However, for those who left the service more than a decade or two ago, locating their DD214 can be somewhat of a challenge. And, even if they do manage to dig up their original, there's a good chance it may be damaged, faded, or illegible.

If your DD214 is unreadable, you may be asked to provide a new copy.

This can mean significant delays if you need a copy quickly to prove your eligibility for things like health benefits, education opportunities, or VA mortgage assistance. We have heard of many cases in which lenders will refuse a DD214 as proof of service because they cannot read the information it contains. Even if you don't have an immediate need for a DD214, do yourself a favor and locate your original. If you can't make out some of the sections, especially the type and reason for separation, you may want to order a new (Service 2) copy so that you have a legible DD214 when you need it in the future.

Veteran-owned DD214Direct can help you get the documents you need, when you need them.

Our cutting-edge technology platform and keen knowledge of government protocol and procedure allow us to deliver your documents faster than competitors. We physically stand in line at the records repository and manually coordinate your order, freeing up your time and easing your worries about whether or not you will get your DD214. Much like paying a small fee to have your taxes done by a professional, DD214Direct provides the service and convenience you’ve been hoping for, plus we make it a lot easier. Instead of having to download, print, sign and fax your document request form, you can submit your order directly through our website with the ease of e-signature technology from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. Once we locate your DD214, we will email you a copy immediately—a service not offered by the government. And tracking your request through us is simple, so you never have to worry about long hold times and inconclusive answers. Ready to get started? Click here to begin the order process.