Delaware County Recorder’s Office Sees 3,100 Percent Rise in Veteran Discharge Record Filings
DELAWARE — In the last three years, nearly 1,350 Delaware County veterans have taken advantage of a free program to protect their military discharge records, thanks to a recruitment effort launched by the Delaware County Recorder’s Office that also provides them with a Veteran ID card. In the three years prior to the launch of this additional program, only 41 veterans had enrolled with the county.
“That’s a 3,100 percent increase in the number of veterans we’ve been able to help,” said Delaware County Recorder Melissa Jordan.
Military discharge records, often referred to as DD-214 documents, are proof that a veteran served his or her country and is eligible for a variety of benefits and services. If these records are lost or damaged, they can be very difficult and time-consuming to replace. County recorders’ offices have long provided veterans with an invaluable — and free — tool for filing and protecting copies of their original or certified discharge records.
However, Delaware County Recorder Melissa Jordan decided early in 2014 to go the additional step of offering a Veteran ID card that states a veteran has an “on-file” valid discharge recorded in that office: The card, which is available for $1, can then be used to obtain veteran benefits and services in the community. The response has been extremely successful.
Jordan explained why she wanted to reach more veterans: “Perhaps because filing discharge records with our office is voluntary, veterans didn’t realize what a valuable service this is. I think by adding the Veteran ID card, we have been able to get more veterans’ attention and help them get access to the benefits they deserve and need.”
Jordan added that the records also are protected by her office: “Military discharges are not under the same public records laws that apply to the real property records in our office. No one from the public may view your discharge records without proper authorization, per the Ohio Revised Code.”
Filing military discharge records is simple. Veterans need only bring a copy of their original discharge papers or a certified copy of them to the Delaware County Recorder’s Office, which is located on the first floor of the Hayes Administration Building, 140 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, during regular weekday business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Once recorded, veterans receive back their actual document and the copy remains on file in the recorder’s office for safekeeping. This service is offered for no charge.
For a $1 fee and by showing two forms of current and valid identification, a veteran can then obtain a Veteran ID card. Acceptable forms of identification are: an original or certified birth certificate; an ID card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs; a US military ID card; a Social Security card; a state-issued license to carry a concealed weapon; a state-issued driver’s license; a state-issued ID; or a valid passport. At least one form of identification submitted must be a photo ID.
For more information about the Delaware County Recorder’s office, please call 740-833-2460. For questions about obtaining military discharge papers, please contact the Delaware County Veterans Service Commission at 740-833-2010.
Ohio Veterans Services offers free consultants to help businesses hire and retain veterans
Want to thank a veteran? Hire One!
One of Ohio’s best-kept workforce secrets is our military veterans and their hard-working spouses. That’s why the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is proud to announce three new regional workforce consultants who train Ohio employers on the many benefits of employing and retaining veterans and military spouses.
The three consultants – Ryan Blackburn, Daniel Semsel and Joseph Trevino – offer employers free training in military culture, veteran recruitment and retention, and establishing veterans’ resource groups. They also share best practices in workforce development.
“We are focused on strengthening Ohio’s business climate by increasing economic opportunities for military families,” said DVS Director Chip Tansill. “Our workforce consultants are the latest resource in Ohio’s toolkit to connect employers with veteran talent.”
Workforce consultants help employers access:
- The Veteran Business Support Centers
- Free online recruiting services through OhioMeansJobs.com
- Tax credits
- GI Bill Benefits for apprenticeships and on-the-job-training
- Registration for a Military-friendly business status
Meet the new veteran workforce consultants:
Central and Southeast Ohio
Ryan Blackburn (former USAF staff sergeant) was an Operations Intelligence Analyst with the Air Force from 2004-10. He had two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He also had assignments in Germany and Italy. After receiving his honorable discharge from the military, Blackburn worked in the finance and real estate industries and also utilized his post-military education benefits to pursue a degree at The Ohio State University. Employers should contact Ryan at Ryan.Blackburn@dvs.ohio.gov or by calling him directly at 614-296-5892.
Dan Semsel (USAF colonel, retired) is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with five deployments under his belt. Before joining DVS, Semsel led the Veterans and Employers Connection in partnership with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. He also served as Vice Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio from July 2011 until his retirement from the service in May 2013. The 88th Air Base Wing is the largest in the Air Force with more than 5,400 officers and enlisted Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractor employees. In total, Wright-Patt is home to more than 27,000 employees – military and civilian. Employers should contact Dan at Daniel.Semsel@dvs.ohio.gov or 614-296-7882.
Joe Trevino (U.S. Army major, retired) logged 20 years of military service. He served in Vietnam with the 4th Psychological Operations Group. He followed that tour of duty with 10 more years of active service and several more as a reservist before retiring. His work in the private sector included managerial stints with LTV Steel Corporation, the Premier Industrial Corporation, Cole Vision Corporation and Lennox International. Employers should contact Joe at Joseph.Trevino@dvs.ohio.gov or 614-296-8548.
Veterans looking for work can access a military skills translator to build their civilian resume or to match their military occupation code (MOC) to Ohio’s in-demand jobs and much more at OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com. For in-person job search assistance, veterans can visit any OhioMeansJobs center where they will receive VIP service. Just make sure to tell the front desk that you are a veteran or current service member.