How Do I get a copy of my DD 214 or military discharge papers?
This office has, on file, DD 214’s for service members, whose home of record at the time of discharge from the military was Utah, and we discharged from 1980 to the present and also has a limited amount of documents for WWII and Korea Veterans who also had a home of record in Utah. Contact us at 1-800-894-9497 or by email to make your request. We need to full name, date or birth and social security number of the Veteran to search our database and will only release certified copies to the Veteran or next of kin after verification of identity.
For documents outside of the above criteria, requests can be made online to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO which is the Federal repository for all discharge papers. Go to vetrecs.archives.gov to make request.
Request can be follow up on by calling (314) 801-0800. Emergency requests for terminally ill Veterans and for funeral honors can also be made through that number.
What percentage of disability compensation rating, must I have in order to draw additional allowance for dependents?
An additional allowance for dependents is payable with a 30% or greater disability rating for compensation benefits. 38 C.F.R. 3.4 (b)(2)
My husband's health is very bad and he can't leave home without assistance. Does the VA allow any extra money for pension for veterans who need help?
An additional allowance for Special Monthly Pension (SMP) may be available at a housebound or Aid & Attendance rate. The specific amount will depend on the level of disability and the total countable family income. However, these funds are additional amounts on top of Veterans Pension or Compensation and are thus not stand alone benefits. To apply, first a Veteran must apply for Compensation or Pension by filing at VA Form 21-526 and request the additional amount for Aid and Attendance, there is no specific application for that. This benefit may also be available for dependent spouses or widows of Veterans receiving widow’s benefits. 38 C.F.R. 3.351
I have an honorable discharge, but have never filed a claim with the VA. I recently had an emergency room visit at my local hospital. Will the VA pay this bill?
For the VA to be financially responsible for Emergency Room care, the veteran must be service connected at 50% or more or the Emergency Room treatment must have been for a service connected condition. The VA must be notified within 15 days of the Emergency Room treatment. The veteran may call and inform the VA. 38 C.F.R. 17.50b (a) (1) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v).
How do I check the Status of my VA Claim?
The average claim process time for the Salt Lake City VA Regional Office is about 8 months. During this time, the VA should send letters to you approximately every 60 days informing you of the status of your claim. If they need anything form you, they will contact you. However, if you wish to contact them, you must call 1-800-827-1000, or come into the Service Center at 550 Foothill BLVD Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:00p or electronically at https://iris.va.gov/.You can also contact your appointed service officer.
I wish to file for Agent Orange Disease. What do I do?
You should be receiving treatment or have a diagnosis of a specific disease or disability as a result of exposure, as exposure in and of itself is not a disability. You can take this information to your local representative and they will help you complete the forms to apply to the VA. You may want to contact the nearest VA medical center for information on the Agent Orange Registry and the schedule an Agent Orange Exam. 38 C.F.R. 3.309 (e) How do you know if you’ve been exposed? The VA has determined that all Veterans who served in country in Vietnam from Feb 28th 1961-May 7th 1975 were exposed. For more information and a list of Agent Orange Related conditions visit http://www1.va.gov/agentorange/.
How to Get a Cold War Certificate
In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991. All members of the armed forces and federal government civilian personnel, to include National Guard and Reservists, who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era are eligible.
For more information, including information on how to apply for the certificate, visit the Cold War Certificate webpage at https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/tagd/coldwar/default.htm
Fill out the new printable application and mail or fax to the Cold War Office with your proof of service. An acceptable supporting document includes any official government or military document that contains the recipient's name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number or Foreign Service Number (such as a DD-214, promotion or other orders, etc.), and a date showing at least one day of service during the Cold War era.
This is the only official site on which to request Cold War Recognition Certificates. This site is operated by the United States Army, the executive agency for the Cold War Recognition Program. Cold War Recognition Certificates are available to qualified individuals at no cost. Any other site offering these certificates or replicas for sale or purchase are not official sites and are not approved or endorsed by the US Army. Expect 6 months to receive your certificate.
Were you hurt or injured while serving in the military?
If you were sustained injuries or illness while on duty you may be entitled to disability compensation through the VA. You need apply for the benefit by submitting an application to the VA Regional Office and can do this here. You can also meet with a service officer or see and outreach representative.