1) I went to the www.vetrecs.archives.gov site and they indicate: The report of separation form issued in most recent years is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms 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. My Dad was a WW II Vet discharged in 1944(I think, Mom would know for sure but suffice to say pre-1950). We might have the original which I hate to send. BUT just in case we can't find it, can I still use the request form on the above site since it appears to be specifically DD Form 214 which is post 1950 ? In addition, what is a certified copy--how do you make it certified ? I read on another post in the forum the recommendation to just take the documents to the VA to get them certified. Not so easy when the VA is clear on the other side of Florida from Mom. Hopefully I am overcomplicating things. Clarification would be most appreciated. 2) About the marriage certificate- what is a marriage certificate versus a license ? 3) Sounds like copies of death certificates and marriage certificates are not being requested as certified or blessed or whatever--just xeroxed copies. Is it really that straightforward (assuming I figure out what a marraige certificate is) ? Thanks in advance.