Understanding VA Benefit Eligibility Requirements
Almost all veterans' benefits start with the Veteran's discharge or separation papers known as DD 214. These documents are needed to prove that you are a veteran and that your discharge was other than dishonorable. If you are a Veteran or the surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran and don't have a copy of your separation papers, get them today. Keep these documents in a safe place and be sure to let someone else know where they are located.
To request a copy of your separation papers you can:
Recorder's office where you live.