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Author Topic: WD AGO Form 53-55 in Lieu of DD-214?  (Read 14633 times)

BrianLife

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WD AGO Form 53-55 in Lieu of DD-214?
« on: October 16, 2007, 02:15:21 PM »

I have just begun to look into A&A for my stepmother who served in the WAC during WWII.  She never received a DD Form 214 when she was honorably discharged in May of '47 but we do have a copy of her WD AGO Form 53-55 (predecessor to the DD-214).  This photocopy of her WD AGO 53-55 was obtained from the VA in 1972.  Do I still need to pursue getting a DD-214?
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Re: WD AGO Form 53-55 in Lieu of DD-214?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 02:21:58 PM »

Your stepmother will not have a DD214.  Since the VA sent you the WD AGO Form 53-55, her service time should already be of record and approved.  Had she applied for other benefits before?  If so, she may not have to start a totally new claim. 
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Re: WD AGO Form 53-55 in Lieu of DD-214?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 04:25:26 PM »

Thanks for the clarification.  I suspected that a DD-214 would not apply in my stepmom's case.  She had applied for some education assistance (tuition, I think) in the early '70s but that is all.
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Re: WD AGO Form 53-55 in Lieu of DD-214?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007, 10:06:02 AM »

I wanted to suggest that information concerning the WD AGO Form 53-55 should be added to the VeteranAid How to Apply page.  The page only mentions the DD-214.
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