The Montgomery County Recorder’s Office will begin recording veterans’ discharge documents and signing them up for the Veteran ID Card Program at locations outside the County Administration Building beginning later this month. ED RICHTER/STAFF

County recorder to aid veterans with discharge papers

The Montgomery County Recorder’s Office will begin recording veterans’ discharge documents and signing them up for the Veteran ID Card Program at locations outside the County Administration Building beginning later this month when it begins offering offsite registration at community events.

“The convenience of veterans recording their DD-214’s offsite and registering to obtain a Veteran ID Card will allow our office to reach out to more local veterans who may be disabled and/or immobile and connect them to earned benefits,” said Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain.

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A DD Form 214 is the certificate of discharge from active military service.

“The importance of recording the DD-214 with the county of residence would be upon that veteran passing away, their family would be easily able to access their DD-214, which could be used for a lot of key benefits, but most importantly to ensure that the veteran receives a proper military burial, which their service to our country has earned them a right to.”

The first offsite registration will be at the “Vets Moving Forward” event at Wright State University on May 22. More than 200 pre-registered veterans will have the opportunity to record their DD-214s and register to receive a free Veteran Identification Card.

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It will be the first time Montgomery County has had offsite registration, making it the third county in the state to offer the service, according to the recorder’s office. Veteran ID Cards will be received in three to five business days following registration.

Veterans who have not recorded their DD-214’s in Montgomery will need to bring their discharge documents showing honorable discharge along with two forms of identification such as birth certificate, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs ID card, U.S. military ID, social security card, CCW license, Ohio driver’s license, state issued ID or valid U.S. passport.

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