Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson is urging veterans of all military branches to have their DD-214 Military Discharge Papers recorded at the courthouse.
“I have discovered that many veterans do not know about this service and have not had their DD-214s recorded here,” said Wilson. “Although veterans may have recorded their DD-214 in their hometown, or in a county or state far away from Rockdale County, we encourage them to record them here as well. The procedure is very simple.”
The service to record the DD-214 form at the Real Estate Division of the Clerk’s Office is free of charge. The Real Estate office is located at the Rockdale County Courthouse, 922 Court Street, Conyers.
“You paid it forward for all of us,” Wilson said. “We appreciate your service and sacrifice.”
Form DD-214 is issued by the U.S. Department of Defense when a person is discharged by the military. It is a condensed version of the vet’s service record including length of service, overseas service, training, medals, commendations and character of service.
The DD-214 is required proof of service for VA benefits and also useful in obtaining non-VA services such as jobs, social security benefits, burial benefits and military funeral honors. If your discharge papers have been lost or destroyed, your local county veteran’s service officer can help you replace it.
For more information, call the Clerk’s Office Real Estate Division at 278-7861 or visit the Clerk’s website at www.rockdaleclerk.com.