Why Am I Being Asked for a “Certified” DD214 Copy from the Funeral Home?

As a business founded by veterans and for veterans, DD214Direct has worked with over 100,000 military families since we first opened our doors in 2012.

While we often hear from veterans looking to order a copy of their DD214 so they can take advantage of exclusive benefits and VA assistance, we also spend a lot of time talking to the next-of-kin of former servicemembers who have recently passed away.

Typically, these individuals contact us because they are working with a funeral home that is asking for a copy of their loved one’s discharge paperwork to arrange for military funeral honors or a national cemetery burial. However, problems can arise when these places give the family incorrect information about the necessary documentation.

Bottom line: There should never be a time when you need an actual certified copy of your family member’s DD214

All copies of an individual’s DD214, certified or not, can be used for any official purpose, as long as the copy includes key information about the reason for and type of separation. This means there is no difference between what DD214Direct provides and a certified DD214 copy.

If, for any reason, you do want a certified copy of a DD214, you can only get one if the veteran’s records are retired at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The NPRC is the only location that can emboss a copy of a DD214 with a certified seal, and this is only performed as a courtesy.

That said, if you have been told by a funeral director, VA cemetery, or someone else that they require a certified DD214 for a veteran burial, either they have been misinformed or they are wittingly providing false information. Don’t be afraid to let them know they are incorrect.

Still have questions? Give us a call.

Whether you’re ready to order your DD214 or you have additional questions and want to speak with a member of our knowledgeable support team, call DD214Direct today at 800.891.9285 for answers and additional guidance.

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.

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