Veteran seeks way to find his service number for loan
August 14, 2012
I have a copy of my DD 214 (Certificate
of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), but it does not have my
service number on it. I do have another paper that states that my papers
were sent to me on 16 September 1986, to 4809 Tilden Drive, San Jose,
Calif. 95124, but I never received them. (That property is no longer
there. It was removed and is now part of Highway 85.) The only numbers I
have are: Orders D-09-066694 DARP- PAT-R (N1), as I do not know my
I am trying to obtain a letter of
eligibility for a VA loan. I can furnish you with my Social Security
number if you need it I just do not feel safe throwing it out on the
Internet. Any and all time you spend on this matter is greatly
My unit was the 519th ASA Co Mt, View
Ca. Separation Authority Para 5-15 AR 635-200 Honorable. Please let me
know of anything else you may need from me. Thanks.
Via the Internet
My sources tell me that you should have
all that you need to complete VA Form 26-1880, which is available at the
following website: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-26-1180-ARE.pdf.
You probably didn't have a service number, but your Social Security
number should be sufficient.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs
recently hosted an event for 10 Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) to
collaborate in VA's effort to eliminate the claims backlog.
The main focus of the workshop was VA's
emphasis on the shared goal of better serving veterans and positive
impact of filing Fully Developed Claims (FDC). Participation in the FDC
program is completely optional, and allows for faster claims processing,
while preserving a veteran's right to appeal a decision.
"VA prides itself on our ongoing partnership with organizations that
represent veterans throughout the VA claims process," said Under
Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. "They are at the frontlines
and have a major role in our ability to transform our claims process,
starting with fully-developed claims."
Claims are considered to be "fully developed" when veterans submit
all available supporting evidence, like private treatment records and
notice of federal treatment records, to VA at the time they first file a
formal claim and certify they have no more evidence to submit.
VA gathers all federal records the veterans identify, like those from
VA Medical Centers and the Social Security Administration. VA will
also send the veterans for a VA medical examination, if needed. The
early submittal of evidence and certification by the veteran allow VA to
start processing the claim immediately, without holding it for mandatory
Veterans and their representatives do much of the development that
typically takes VA 175 days to gather. Currently, FDC claims take an
average of 110 days to decide compared to 254 days through the
traditional claims method.
Part of the workshop featured a discussion lead by Chicago Regional
Office Director Duane Honeycutt on how VA's regional offices and VSO
field staff can work together to increase the number of FDCs veterans
file. The Chicago Regional Office is one example of recent successes in
reducing the time it takes to process a claim by working with veteran
representatives to increase FDC claims. Currently, FDC make up 10
percent of the RO's claims, compared to just 3 percent nationwide.
"VA, veterans representatives and veterans all have a stake in the
claims process," Mr. Honeycutt said. "We continue to operate under the
mantra, 'Grant if you can; deny if you must,' but more often than not,
the challenge to obtain certain evidence that allows us to grant the
claim. That is why partnering with the VSO's to increase the number of
fully developed claims that are submitted is so important."
Mr. Honeycutt said FDC involves veterans in the process and allows
them more control over their claims. Their reward is a claim that is
finished in substantially less time.
"DAV has National Service Officers located in every regional office,"
said Jim Marszalak, assistant service director with Disabled American
Veterans. "Our NSOs in the Chicago Regional Office started using the FDC
program and have seen a dramatic amount of time shaved off waiting
times. It has also minimized the amount of appeals we file on our
Using VA Form 21-526EZ, veterans can file FDC for disability
compensation. VA Form 21-527EZ allows veterans to file for a non-service
connected pension. The FDC forms - found at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-526EZ-ARE.pdf
- include information on what evidence is VA's responsibility and what
evidence is the veteran's responsibility.
For more information on the Fully Developed Claims program, visit http://benefits.va.gov/transformation/fastclaims/.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it is moving
forward with a plan to provide burial services for veterans in rural
areas where there are no available VA national cemeteries, state
veterans cemeteries or tribal veterans cemeteries.
"VA is committed to improving service to veterans in rural areas,"
said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "Through an
innovative partnership with existing cemeteries, we will be able to
ensure burial for veterans in more locations that meet the high
standards of national shrines."
Under the Rural Initiative plan, VA will build small National
Veterans Burial Grounds within existing public or private cemeteries in
rural areas where the unserved veteran population is 25,000 or less
within a 75-mile radius.
VA plans to open eight National Veterans Burial Grounds that will
serve veterans in the areas of Fargo, N.D.; Rhinelander, Wis.; Cheyenne,
Wyo.; Laurel, Mont.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Cedar City, Utah; Calais,
Maine; and Elko, Nev.
VA officials will announce further details about the eight new burial
grounds as information becomes available. This new initiative will make
VA burial options available to more than 136,000 veterans and their
Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than
dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be
buried in a VA national cemetery.