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.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

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County Offices Closed - 5/30/2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022

County offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022, in observance of Memorial Day.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with H or I or O.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Absentee voting begins on 4/22/2022 for the Primary Election on 6/7/2022.

Notice of Primary Election - 6/7/22
Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Voter registration for the Primary Election to be held on June 7, 2022 will close on May 23, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Please click here to view the entire notice.

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