View three samples of DD Form 214 at RepWaVets. The four branches of the U.S. military issue the DD-214 to soldiers at the time of discharge or separation from military service. The form proves that the individual has served in the military.
Veterans must have a DD Form 214 to claim veteran benefits such as the GI Bill and VA home loan. The military issues two versions of the form: redacted and unredacted. The redacted copy allows the individual to prove his military service without disclosing personal information. The unredacted copy also states the reason for separation and the characterization of service.