Military Discharge Records - Forms
(Known as Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, WG xx, DD-214 or equivalent)

  • The Veterans Report of Separation from Active Duty or Discharge form (DD 214) is the most important document a veteran will receive when discharged from Active Duty.

  • Keep the original copies in a safe and secured place. NEVER send the original to the VA or other organizations. Send only certified copies of the original.

  • The document should be filed at the County Register of Deeds or County Record of Vital Statistics within the county that you live in after you are separated from active duty. If you later move to another state or county this document should be re-filed in the new county. This is a free service in South Dakota.

  • Certified Copies of the DD 214 are required for most initial Claims, Benefits, and Bonus programs. In most cases a veteran or dependent may not require the use of the form for 30 or more years. The form may be required for reopening a claim or verifying burial or social security benefits. Once discharge forms are filed in South Dakota, Veterans can obtain as many certified copies of their discharge forms as needed at any time at no cost.

  • We can also assist former members of the National Guard in retrieving copies of their NGB 22 which documents National Guard service and separation.

Military Medical Records

Military Medical Records can sometimes be very difficult to find. In most cases the medical records are stored with the military treatment facility the service member was treated at. During the time of demobilization or force restructuring in which military facilities were closed some serious research will need to be completed. It is very important that the service member or veteran recalls specific information to help track the information. The following information is required to assist in locating medical records:

  • Full name
  • Service number
  • Rank
  • Branch of service
  • Unit of assignment at time of treatment
  • Date of treatment
  • Type of treatment received
  • Name of medical facility
  • Location of medical facility
  • Branch of service of medical facility

Assistance Available

For assistance with military discharge records or military medical records, please contact the Veterans Service Officer.

Announcements

Public Meeting/Open House for Lake County Transportation Plan
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

10/5/2020 at 10:00 a.m., Lake County Courthouse Commission Room
Lake County will hold an open house style public meeting to discuss and receive input on the development of a Transportation Plan for Lake County. The open house will be informal with one on one discussion with County officials and staff.

County Offices Closed
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

County offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Native American Day.

Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for General Election
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On 9/17/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Click here to view the Resolution or view it on our Election Information page.

Driver Licensing Schedule Change
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Lake County 4-H Center will be used as a polling place for the general election. For that reason, Driver Licensing will NOT be in Madison on Tuesday, November 3rd, but they WILL be in Madison on Monday, November 2nd at the Lake County 4-H Center.

September - License Plate Renewal S
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with S.

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