Across the United States, COVID-19 prevention measures have created a ripple effect among businesses in all industries, prompting an unprecedented number of closures and layoffs that has led to a record-high unemployment rate. This comes as discouraging news for veterans looking for a new job, but there is a silver lining. On the flip side of the widespread closures we've been seeing are those businesses that are thriving amid the recent pandemic and actively seeking new workers. Not surprisingly, they include grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, pizza delivery companies, transportation and delivery providers, and large online retailers—all of which are considered "essential" during this time.

Thinking of applying? Make sure you have a copy of your DD214 handy.

For veterans who may have lost their job to COVID-19 or who are in the market for a new job, knowing where to apply is half the battle. First things first, however: It's important that you check your records to make sure you have your DD214 handy. If not, you may need to order a new DD214 copy. The DD Form 214, or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, is a key document provided to members of the United States Armed Forces when they leave the military. Because it includes the reason for and type of separation, it is the form most often requested to show proof of service and honorable discharge.

Why is having your DD214 important during the employment search process?

Many companies have veteran hiring programs and will give veterans (and in some cases their spouses) hiring preference over other job candidates. This is just one of the many perks of being in the military, but it only benefits you if you can provide proof that you served and were discharged honorably. That's where your DD214 comes in. Before you begin your job search, take a look through your records to confirm that you have a copy of your DD214. That way, you won't get halfway through the hiring process and find out your DD214 is missing or that you never received it. If you discover that you do not have a copy of your DD214, it's important to order one as soon as possible. Because many government agencies are still closed or functioning at limited capacity because of COVID-19, the retrieval process may take longer than usual, even if you work with an expedited service like DD214Direct.

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.