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How do I obtain a Copy of my DD Form 214?

How do I get a certified copy of my DD Form 214?

How Do I obtain the Standard Form 180?

How do I obtain the Georgia Free Driver's License Certification for Veterans?

Who is eligible to receive a Georgia Driver's License?

How do I obtain Military Medals from service?

I have been advised to apply to VA for compensation.What is compensation and how do I apply?

I have been told that I should apply for VA benefits because my husband’s death was the result of a service connected disability. What benefits am I entitled to and how do I apply?

How do I locate a veteran?

How do I find a job with the Georgia Department of Veterans Service?


 How do I obtain a Copy of my DD Form 214?
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service receives copy #6 (state director’s copy) from the veteran’s branch of military service, if Georgia is designated to receive a copy shown at the bottom of DD Form 214 in block # 20. Contact the Georgia Department of Veterans Service at 404-656-5940.

Veterans, or next of kin if the veteran is deceased, are encouraged to use http://www.archives.gov to submit record inquiries. This method helps to expedite the response for those who most often need to verify military service quickly to prove eligibility for benefits. Instructions for an eVetRecs user are on the website and are user friendly. An eVetRecs user must print a signature form, sign and date it, and either fax or mail it to NPRC to activate the request so that their right-to-access can be verified.

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 How do I get a certified copy of my DD Form 214?
You will need to obtain a Standard Form (SF 180) and fill it out, sign and mail to the address in block #14 to the Military Records section of the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

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 How Do I obtain the Standard Form 180?
You can contact any Georgia Department of Veterans Service office found by clicking here, or call the Federal VA at 1-800-827-1000 or visit http://www.archives.gov.

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 How do I obtain the Georgia Free Driver's License Certification for Veterans?
You must present your DD Form 214 to any office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service for a review and then certification. If you qualify you will be issued a certificate signed by you and the certifying official. This certificate along with DD Form 214, are then taken to any office of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. The DPS 516 cannot be certified by mail, e-mail or fax. You must go into one of our offices located nearest you.

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 Who is eligible to receive a Georgia Veteran's Driver's License?

An honorably discharged veteran is entitled to a free veteran’s driver’s license if two criteria are met: Georgia residency and service during a recognized period of war or conflict. 
 
Effective April 15, 2014, a veteran who does not meet these criteria may still apply for a veteran’s driver’s license, but normal license fees will apply. 
 
For more information, please see the Driving Licenses topic in the State Benefits for Georgia Veterans section of this website.

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 How do I obtain Military Medals from service?
You will need to obtain a standard Form 180(SF 180), fill out sign and mail to the Military Records section of the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO. You can contact any Georgia Department of Veterans Service office found by clicking here, or call the Federal VA at 1-800-827-1000 or visit http://www.archives.gov.

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 I have been advised to apply to VA for Compensation. What is Compensation and how do I apply?
Compensation is a benefit program that evaluates a disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered because of military service. Generally, the degree of disability specified is also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses. We will be happy to assist you with the application process. Click here to find the location of the nearest Georgia Department of Veterans Service field office. You may obtain additional information concerning this benefit by clicking Disability Compensation Benefits. 

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I have been told that I should apply for VA benefits because my husband’s death was the result of a service connected disability. What benefits am I entitled to and how do I apply?
The entitlement is referred to as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. This benefit pays a monthly payment to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a veteran due to the veteran’s death being determined as being service connected.For additional information on this benefits click here Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) .


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 How do I a locate a veteran ?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service is limited, by law, to the extent that it can help locate a veteran. The VA will try to forward a letter to a veteran, it is up to the veteran to contact the sender of the letter. The proper procedure is to write a letter to the veteran and place it in an unsealed envelope, bearing the veteran’s name, with sufficient postage to cover mailing costs. A cover letter to the VA should be included, giving complete identifying information about the veteran, such as his full name, date of birth, last known address, service serial number, VA claim number if known, social security number, last military address, rank and date of discharge.

The request should be mailed to VA Regional Office-Atlanta, Attention: Privacy Act Office (211D), 1700 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30330.

If the address is located, the VA will put it on the envelope and forward the letter to the veteran. Should no information be available or the letter is returned to the VA, the writer’s original letter, but not the envelope, will be sent back to the requestor by the VA.

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 How do I find a job with the Georgia Department of Veterans Service?
Please complete the online resume builder at www.careers.ga.gov, which is the primary site for job announcements within Georgia state government, including GDVS. There is an option on the site to set up email notifications when new job openings become available.

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