Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility

Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility

 

If you are. . .

You should submit . . .

Veteran
(Includes a member or former member of the National Guard or Reserves who was once activated for Federal Service)

DD Form 214; We are required to have a copy showing the character of service (item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (item 28). 

Active duty service member

A current statement of service

signed by (or by the direction of):
the adjutant, personnel office, or commander of the unit or higher headquarters

showing:
Your full name
Social Security Number
Date of birth
Entry date on active duty
The duration of any lost time
The name of the command providing the information

If you are. . .

You should submit . . .         

Serving now in the Selected Reserve or the National Guard and have never been activated for federal service

Statement of service

signed by (or by the direction of):
the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters

showing:
Your full name
Social Security Number
Date of birth
Entry date on duty
The total number of creditable years of service
The duration of any lost time
The name of the command providing the information

A discharged member of the National Guard who has never been activated for federal service

Either:
NGB Form 22, Report of Separation and Record of Service, for each period of National Guard service
OR
NGB Form 23, Retirement Points Accounting, and proof of the character of service

A discharged member of the Selected Reserve who has never been activated for federal service

Copy of your latest annual retirement points statement and evidence of honorable service

 

If you are …

You should submit . . .     

The surviving spouse of a service member who died on active duty

If you’re already receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), you don’t need to send any documents.

If you don’t receive DIC, please send us

  • A copy of the DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) from the military
  • A copy of your marriage certificate

It would be a good idea to add a simple signed statement saying that you would like to apply for DIC.  If you qualify for the home loan benefit, you probably qualify for monthly payments under DIC.

Put the service member’s Social Security number on all documents.

The surviving spouse of a veteran who died as a result of military service

If you’re already receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), send us a copy of your award letter.
(Generally, you will already have a record on file at a VA regional benefits office.)

If you don’t receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), please send us

  • A copy of the veteran’s DD Form 214
  • A copy of the veteran’s death certificate
  • A copy of your marriage certificate

We recommend that you add a simple signed statement saying that you would like to apply for DIC.  If you qualify for the home loan benefit, you probably qualify for monthly payments under DIC.

Put the veteran’s Social Security number on all documents.