One use of a blank DD-214 form is to complete it with the holder’s information and use it as evidence of previous military service to qualify for veteran’s benefits. The DD-214 form is also known as the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
Members of the armed forces receive the form upon discharge to serve as evidence of their service. This form identifies the holder as a veteran and entitles them to special benefits afforded to veterans. Some of the benefits for veterans that the holder of this form can obtain include free education and low-interest loans, free medical care, and preferential treatment on job searches, housing situations and a variety of instances in which society deems it appropriate to bestow a benefit upon veterans.