On Monday, Representative Jeff Denham (CA-19) provided testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health to urge passage of H.R. 3245, the Efficient Service for Veterans Act, which he introduced last year to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles impeding veterans' access to care. This legislation would streamline the process for veterans at Vet Centers by allowing them to access their DD-214 at any of the 300 Vet Centers across the country.
"This bill eliminates a hurdle impeding care for thousands of veterans across our country. We must remember our commitment to take care of our troops for the years to come," said Representative Denham, member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "Our commitment to our veterans is to put them to work here at home, make sure they are aware of the care available to them and their families, and ensure they receive this care in the most seamless way possible."
Currently if a veteran has lost his DD-214 it can take up to six weeks or longer to receive a copy from the National Archives. In the meantime a veteran cannot prove their eligibility for Veterans Administration benefits. This bill gives Vet Centers access to two electronic databases that contain the DD-214 information allowing them to provide instant verification of eligibility and eliminating a lengthy bureaucratic delay for many veterans.