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

County Offices Closed
Monday, May 18, 2020

County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day.

Primary Election Notices
Friday, May 15, 2020

Click here to view the Notice of Primary Election, Notice of Testing Automatic Tabulating Equipment, and Instructions to the Voters.

Sample Ballots
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sample ballots are available for the June 2nd Municipal Election, School Board Election, and Primary Election.
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County Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - Updated 5/5/2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Commission has updated its plan for continuity of county operations in response to the COVID-19. Please review the release for specific details: 5-5-2020 Release.

May - License Plate Renewal H/I/O
Friday, May 1, 2020

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

Absentee Ballot Application (Photo ID)
Monday, April 27, 2020

State law requires completed absentee ballot applications to be notarized or include a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID card. Voters may take a photo of their ID (driver's license or non-driver ID card, tribal photo ID, passport, or other picture lD issued by the US government, or a current student photo lD issued by a SD high school or postsecondary education institution) and email it to the Auditor at: lakeauditor@lake.sd.gov

Auditor's Press Release - 4/27/2020
Monday, April 27, 2020

Auditor Roberta "Bobbi" Janke has issued a press release related to the Primary Election. To view the press release, please click here.

Resolution 2020-06 Designating Polling Places and Secretary of State Press Release Dated 4/10/2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On 4/14/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-06 Designating Polling Places for the June 2, 2020 Primary Election. The Secretary of State also issued a press release on 4/10/2020 advising his office will mail absentee ballots to all South Dakotans registered in the statewide voter registration file. Click here to view both the resolution and the press release.

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