Updated January 2017
The VA streamline refinance loan, or IRRRL, has a number of advantages to veterans wanting to refinance their VA loan. It requires little paperwork, but there are a few documents that are necessary to process this loan. One of these documents is the veteran’s DD-214, or DD Form 214.
What is the veteran’s DD-214? It is proof of your military service. It shows your discharge, your dates of service and current classification, whether retired, separated, or National Guard or Reserve status. You need your DD-214 to claim most of your military benefits including VA loans.
Servicemen and women receive their original DD-214 at the end of their retirement or separation from the military. It’s an important document, but some veterans misplace their DD-214 for one reason or another as they relocate or transition back to civilian life.
It’s important to know that you can request a free copy of your DD-214 by going to the National Archive official government site (archives.gov) through their eVetRecs system and filling out an online form. You must be either the service member or the next of kin to request the DD-214 with this form. The following information may be requested:
- Veteran’s Social Security number
- Branch of service
- Dates of military service
- Place of discharge
The form must be authorized by the service member or next of kin. It may be useful to give the reason for wanting the form as a VA loan refinance.
Remember that a DD-214 is always free through the US government. There are companies who will offer to do the work on your behalf for a fee. While this isn’t illegal, it is unnecessary as applying for the form yourself is quite simple and any company you pay won’t be able to make your order go through any faster.
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