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County Recorder warns veterans about exploitative practices

ROSS COUNTY – Ross County Recorder Kathy Dunn and the Ohio Recorders’ Association (ORA) are urging veterans to be aware of companies targeting military veterans who are charging for services that are available for free.

DD214 Direct, a company based in Arizona, is currently asking veterans in Ohio to purchase a copy of their DD214 for a fee. While this practice may be legal, Dunn and other county recorders across the state want to ensure veterans are informed of the free services they are entitled to.

Veterans can obtain a free copy of their military records at no charge through their local Veteran’s Service Commission and through their DD214 at their local County Recorder’s Office. The DD214 form is essential for veterans to access their benefits, such as VA loans, disability compensation, and lower medical costs.

To protect veterans from unnecessary fees and to inform the public, the ORA is working to increase awareness about these practices. The ORA is also exploring possible legislation aimed at regulating companies and mandating the free disclosure of the availability of these services.

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Veterans can request a copy of their DD214 on the National Archives website or print a Standard Form 180 and mail or fax it to:

For more information or assistance, please contact the office of Ross County Recorder Kathy Dunn at 740-703-4144 or the Ross County Veterans Service Commission at 740-772-1600.

This article originally appeared in Chillicothe Gazette: County Recorder: Veterans shouldn’t pay fees for records they can get for free

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