Military Discharge Requests (DD214)
Most Veteranís benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 38-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).
Upon discharge from military service the service memberís discharges are sent to their state of residence, usually as indicated by the veteran. The North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs maintains these records but not all states do.
It is recommended that you file a copy of your DD 214 with your county court house and maintain a copy in a safe place. It is important that your family members or trusted individual know where your DD214 is located.
There are several places where your DD214 may have been stored, including your county (or county Veteran returned to upon discharge), North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, the North Dakota National Guard, Other State Department of Veteran Affairs Offices (if Veteran resided in another state after being discharged from the military) and the National Record Center or online.
Requests for copies of discharge papers may be made by the Veteran or the next of kin of a deceased Veteran which include a surviving spouse that has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother.