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Veterans in Georgia
If your Home of Record is listed as Georgia, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service should have a copy of your DD Form 214 on file. Contact the GDVS at 404-656-5940 to request a copy.
If your Home of Record is listed as another state, you may file a request via the National Archives.
If you are requesting a DD Form 214 for a family member, the request must be filed via the National Archives.
You will need to complete a Standard Form 180 (SF 180), sign and mail it to the address in block #14 to the Military Records section of the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.
The Vietnam War Certificate of Honor was introduced as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The State of Georgia and the GDVS want to honor every Vietnam War veteran in the state with a personalized certificate.
The certificate is available to every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War. This includes veterans with service in country and those who served in other capacities.
Veterans who are interested in applying for a certificate can find more information on how to apply on the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor topic.
You will need to complete a Standard Form 180 (SF 180), sign and mail it to the Military Records section of the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO. For assistance, you may contact any Georgia Department of Veterans Service office, or call the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-827-1000 or visit http://www.archives.gov.
The Veterans Identification Card Act 2015 (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for administering this program.
A Veteran Identification Card will allow veterans to demonstrate proof of service for discounts where applicable. Service Connected, POW, and Purple Heart indicators will be available on the new identification card.
As of April 7, 2016, VA is drafting regulations and developing procedures to implement the program. They currently estimate implementation in 2017.
Georgia offers several benefits to its veterans, above and beyond those offered by the federal government. For more information, please see the State Benefits for Georgia Veterans topic.
An honorably discharged veteran is entitled to a free veteran’s driver’s license if two criteria are met: Georgia residency and service during a recognized period of war or conflict.
Effective April 15, 2014, a veteran who does not meet these criteria may still apply for a veteran’s driver’s license, but normal license fees will apply.
You must present your DD Form 214 to any office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service for a review and then certification. If you qualify you will be issued a certificate signed by you and the certifying official. This certificate along with DD Form 214, are then taken to any office of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. This process cannot be completed by mail, email, or fax. You must go into one of our offices for review and certification.
The Georgia Veteran's Driver's License is a valid form of state-issued identification that is accepted for many official purposes.
Private businesses are not required to accept the license as proof of service. Any discounts available to veterans are offered at the business's discretion and may have different standards for eligibility. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service has no control or input over discount policies.
Compensation is a benefit program that evaluates a disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered because of military service. Generally, the degree of disability specified is also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses. We will be happy to assist you with the application process; visit any GDVS Veterans Field Service Office for assistance. For additional information concerning this benefit, see the compensation topic at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
I have been told that I should apply for VA benefits because my husband’s death was the result of a service-connected disability. What benefits am I entitled to, and how do I apply?
The entitlement is referred to as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). This benefit pays a monthly payment to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a veteran due to the veteran’s death being determined as service-connected. We will be happy to assist you with the application process; visit any GDVS Veterans Field Service Office for assistance. For additional information concerning this benefit, see the DIC topic at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service are limited, by law, to the extent they can help locate a veteran. VA will try to forward a letter to a veteran, but it is up to the veteran to contact the sender of the letter.
The proper procedure is to write a letter to the veteran and place it in an unsealed envelope, bearing the veteran’s name, with sufficient postage to cover mailing costs. Forward that letter and envelope to VA. Include a cover letter detailing as much identifying information about the veteran as possible: full name, date of birth, last known address, service serial number, VA claim number, Social Security number, last military address, rank, and date of discharge.
Mail the request to: VA Regional Office-Atlanta, Attention: Privacy Act Office (211D), 1700 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30330.
VA will forward the letter to the veteran’s address if it is known. If the address is unknown or if the letter is returned undeliverable, VA will return the writer’s original letter.
As of September 30, 2014, the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics estimated 752,882 veterans living in Georgia.
For more in-depth figures, including county-by-county breakdowns, visit the NCVAS website: va.gov/vetdata.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service does not maintain a list of all veterans living in Georgia. While we do maintain lists of veterans receiving services or assistance, that information is confidential and is not available to the public.
Lists of all veteran casualties with a Home of Record in Georgia are currently being developed. Anyone interested in using these lists will be able to search for information on past veterans by what conflict they served in, the county of the Home of Record, and year of death. When these lists are completed, they will become available under the History tab of our website.
GDVS maintains a list of the major veterans service organizations operating in Georgia. Please see the VSO Leadership topic.
The Georgia Department of Labor offers assistance to job-seeking veterans and their families. Job search workshops, résumé and cover letter assistance, and resources for transitioning into the civilian workforce are a few of the services that veterans are eligible for. Find more information at the Georgia Department of Labor's Veteran Assistance topic at http://www.dol.state.ga.us/js/find_vet_info.htm.
Job-seeking veterans may also be interested in Operation: Workforce. Veterans can find tools to translate their military occupational classifications into civilian jobs and search for career opportunities with employers who have pledged to hire veterans.
The Veterans Employment Center is a federal program that assists veterans and their families seek employment and access valuable career resources. Résumé-building assistance, career advice, career fairs, and access to employers committed to hiring veterans are a few services available through the Veterans Employment Center.
Operation: Workforce is a program developed by the Workforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development specifically to connect job-seeking veterans with employers who want to hire them.
Sign up as an employer at www.operationworkforce.com.
Please complete the online resume builder at Team Georgia's Careers website, the primary site for job announcements within Georgia state government, including GDVS. There is an option on the site to set up email notifications when new job openings become available.