Protecting Ohio’s Veterans

Darke County Recorder Hillary Holzapfel cautions Veterans to be aware of exploitative practices

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DARKE COUNTY – Darke Recorder, Hillary Holzapfel, and the Ohio Recorders’ Association (ORA) urge veterans to be aware  of exploitative practices targeting military veterans who are being charged for services that are available  for free. DD214 Direct, a company based in Arizona, is currently soliciting veterans in Ohio to purchase a  copy of their DD214 form for a fee ranging from $79 to $99. While this practice may be legal, Hillary  Holzapfel and other county Recorders across Ohio want to ensure that veterans are informed about the  free services they are entitled to. 

Veterans can obtain a free copy of their military records through their local Veteran’s Service  Commission, as well as record their DD214 at their local county Recorder’s office at no charge. The  DD214 form is essential for veterans to access benefits like VA loans, disability compensation, and  reduced medical costs. In recent months, Recorder’s offices across Ohio have received DD214 forms  (paid for by veterans) from DD214 Direct through the mail, along with a limited Power of Attorney  granting the Recorder the authority to file both documents on behalf of the veteran.  

To safeguard veterans from exploitative, unnecessary fees and inform the public, the ORA is working to  raise awareness among Veterans about these practices. Furthermore, the ORA is currently looking into  potential legislation aimed at regulating companies like DD214 Direct and mandating the disclosure of  the availability of these services at no charge.  

Veterans can request a copy of their DD214 at National Archives website at  https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records or print a Standard Form-180 and mail or  fax it to: 

National Personnel Records Center 

1 Archives Drive 

St Louis, MO 63138 

FAX: 314-801-9195 

For more information or assistance, please contact Darke County Recorder Hillary Holzapfel’s office at  937-547-7390 or darkerecorder@gmail.com or Darke County Veterans Service Commission,  Director/VSO Thomas Pitman at 937-548-5305.