One very important piece of information that is key to a complete Aid and Attendance benefit application are the discharge papers (DD-214) for a veteran. Even if it is the spouse of a veteran applying for the benefit, the discharge papers are a necessity.
So where do you find discharge papers? The best place to request the DD-214 is through the Government Archives.
There have been many tales of a fire of a government building destroying the discharge papers of many veterans and this story may not be completely accurate. It is best to at least try to obtain the DD-214 through the archives website even if you believe the papers were destroyed in a fire.
Prior to January 1, 1950, several similar forms besides the DD-214 were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD and the NAVCG 553. These can also work in place of DD-214.
Note, the veteran has to have had an honorable discharge in order to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit. This goes for the spouse of the veteran as well.
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