Military Discharge Documents



Access to Military Discharge Documents
Access to Military Discharge documents is now limited as of 10/1/02 due to military I.D. theft. These documents are required to be kept confidential for 75 years after the date they are filed, separate and apart from other records.

Access to these records is available only to:
1) The veteran subject of the record or the conservator of their estate or person;
2) people who need the information to provide a benefit, if they submit satisfactory evidence of the need to the agency;
3) people who acquire a benefit on behalf of the veteran or their estate;
4) the state librarian in the performance of his duties; or
5) a state-incorporated or -authorized genealogical society of its members.
6) or individuals as provided by law.

Note: The Military Discharge papers must be filed with this office as a resident of the Town of Hamden before any determination of benefits can be made by the Assessor’s office.

Military Discharge- Dates of Entitlement
Veterans who served in the military during a time of war, and own property or cars in the Town of Hamden must file their military discharges with the Town Clerk's office in order to receive tax exemptions. The Assessor’s office will make the final determination of the veteran’s benefits available.

There is no charge to file or for a copy of a filed military discharge. Original DD214s and certified copies of DD214s will be accepted as proof of prior service in the military.

As of 10/1/2002, military discharge documents are now confidential documents for at least 75 years after the date they are filed, to be kept separate and apart from other records. "Military discharge documents" are those that contain personal information and that evidence a veteran’s discharge or retirement from the U.S.Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force. "Veteran" means a person honorably discharged from active service or the reserves. For access to such records, click on Military Discharge Access

The following dates are determined to be time of war by SEC. 27-103:

Spanish-American War

April 21, 1898 to August 13, 1898

Phillippine Insurrection

August 13, 1898 to July 4, 1902

Moro Province Engagement

August 13, 1898 to July 15, 1903

Boxer Rebellion

June 20, 1900 to May 12, 1901

Cuban Pacification

September 12, 1906 to April 1, 1909

Nicaraguan Campaign

August 28, 1912 to November 2, 1913

Haitian Campaign

July 9, 1915 to December 6, 1915

Punitive Expedition to Mexico

March 10, 1916 to April 6, 1917

World War I

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

Service in Russia

April 6, 1917 to April 1, 1920

World War II

December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 1

Korean Hostilities

June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

South Korea Demilitarized Zone

After February 1, 1955

Lebanon Conflict

July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958

Vietnam Era

February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975

Berlin Airlift

August 14, 1961 to June 1, 1962

Lebanon Peace-Keeping Mission

September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984

Invasion of Grenada

October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983 2

Operation Earnest Will

February 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987

Invasion of Panama

December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 2

Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

August 2, 1990 to June 30, 1994 3

Somalia

After December 2, 1992

Bosnia

After December 20,1995

  1. Pursuant to § 12-86, twelve o'clock midnight on December 31, 1947 is the World War II termination date for purposes of granting a property tax exemption.
  2. A person must serve in a combat or combat support role for the duration of any campaign lasting less than 90 days in order to qualify for a property tax exemption. An Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to such individuals.
  3. Active duty service personnel first became eligible for an exemption based on service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, while that campaign was ongoing. Individuals who received an exemption based on receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm continue to be eligible even though they do not meet the 90-day service requirement.

Duplicate copies of DD214s can be obtained by requesting and completing a Standard Form 180 (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records, to:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

The form may obtained by calling 1-800-827-1000.

For further assistance with regard to veteran exemptions and specific requirements for additional benefits, please call the Assessor's office at (203)287-2520.

THE SOLDIERS’, SAILORS’ AND MARINES’ FUND

The Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund (SSMR) is a state fund administered by the American Legion Veterans Organization for the purpose of providing temporary financial assistance for veterans with ninety (90) days of wartime service, who are unemployed or for sickness. SSMF provides funding for emergency needs such as clothing, food, medical and surgical aid, and general care and relief. For further information, please call (860) 953-4345.

Pursuant to CGS Sec. 27-138a, applications for assistance are available in your Town Clerk’s office or to the following address:

State of Connecticut
Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund
101 South Street
West Hartford, CT 06110-1692
Attn: Gerald F. Dierman, Administrator

Applications should be forwarded to:
Mr. Wayne K. Cookson, Regional Office
New Haven, Connecticut
(203) 789-7841

Veterans Offices & Telephone Numbers

Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs

OFFICES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS*

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
287 WEST STREET
ROCKY HILL, CT 06067

1-800-447-0961
OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER

(860) 721-5891 (TELEPHONE)
(800) 550-0000 (Toll Free Number)
(860) 721-5904 (Facsimile)HOME & HOSPITAL

Admitting Department
(860) 529-2571BILLING DEPARTMENT
(860) 721-5839RESIDENTIAL & REHABILITATIVE SERVICES
(860) 721-5833RESPITE CARE
(860) 721-5955OFFICE OF ADVOCACY & ASSISTANCE

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

(860) 721-5892 TELEPHONE
(860) 721-5919 FACSIMILE

VETERANS’ SERVICE OFFICER SUPERVISOR

(860) 721-5801 TELEPHONE
(860) 721-5919 FACSIMILECONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OFFICE

Third District:

487-B Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 931-0460 (Telephone)
(203) 931-0594 (Facsimile)

*"A Guide to Benefits for Connecticuts’ Veterans", 11/2001

Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs

For further information, click on:

http://www.state.ct.us/ctva

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