Virginia Code §17.1-265 provides that the clerk where a person discharged from the U.S. armed forces resides shall record, free of charge, the original or a properly authenticated copy of either the discharge certificate or the report of separation from active duty (DD-214), or both. Once recorded, you may obtain a valid certified copy from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at no charge.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not retain veteran military service records. Military service records are kept by the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) which is under the jurisdiction of the National Archives and Records Administration.
To request military service records, complete the Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. Fill in as much information as possible and send it to the correct address listed on the form by U.S. mail. Please not that it may take up to 6 months for a reply from the NPRC after your written request is received.
Types of Records & Information
The following information may be obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs:
Headstone and Markers
Military Funeral Honors
National Cemetery Administration
Obtaining Military Records and Medals
Presidential Memorial Certificates
For More Information
You may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs toll free at 800-827-1000.