Recorder’s office keeps military separation documents
October 12, 2012 6:34PM
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:09AM
JOLIET — Along with land record documents, the military separation, or DD-214, is one of the many other types of documents recorded in the Will County recorder’s office. The practice dates back to 1919.
An individual’s military separation papers, if they are recorded, are in a restricted database or on microfilm within the office.
“Unless you are a discharged or retired military personnel this really doesn’t mean much to you, however with the expected number of returning military,” Recorder Karen A. Stukel said. Stukel, with the assistance of the Veterans Assistance Commission, wanted to come up with a way to communicate to returning service people as well as those who might have forgotten to record their papers as to why it is so important.
Stukel recently printed “Recording Your DD-214.”
“When you need various copies to apply for college, a loan or medical assistance you will always be asked for a copy of your DD- 214, which we can print recorded copies for you as needed at no charge,” she said.
The office is a repository for all land records, out-of-country births and marriages and military discharges.
A copy of the brochure can be found at many American Legion post, the Veterans Assistance Commission, Joliet Junior College and many local banks within Will County, as well as the recorder’s website at www.willcountyrecorder.com.
The office is at 58 E. Clinton St., and the satellite office at 241 Canterbury Lane Bolingbrook.
For information, call 815-740-4637.