I just separated from the service and need to “register” as a veteran.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
That could mean different things. There is no process to “register” as a veteran – your DD214 or military separation document establishes your veteran status. Veterans are encouraged to record their original DD214 at the County Clerk’s office where they reside. This will ensure that a certified copy is readily available when needed now or in the future. Different VA benefits – health care, education, disability benefits, and various others – have different application forms and criteria. It’s best to consult with your Veterans County Service Office for assistance.
I never had my DD214/separation document recorded. Now I can’t find it/my ex-wife threw it out/it burned up in a fire/my dog ate it. How can I get a copy?
You can request it by mail using a Standard Form 180 or online from the National Personnel Records Center at:
Where is the nearest VA Clinic/Hospital to San Angelo?
The VA has an Outpatient Clinic in San Angelo, located at 2018 Pulliam Street on the St John’s Campus of the Shannon Medical Center. The phone number is (325) 658-6138. The clinic offers Primary Care and Mental Health care, by appointment only. You must be enrolled in the West Texas VA Healthcare System before you can get an appointment. The San Angelo VA Clinic’s parent facility is the VA hospital at Big Spring, 87 miles north of San Angelo (phone 1-800-472-1365).
For services that cannot be provided at Big Spring, you will be referred to the VA Medical Center at Albuquerque NM, another VA facility, or in certain cases, a private facility at VA expense.
How do I sign up for VA medical care?
You must complete an application, VA Form 10-10EZ and submit to the local VA Clinic located at 2018 Pulliam St, or you can apply online at www.va.gov.
Who do I contact to arrange for a military funeral, honor guard, etc.?
The funeral home is generally the point of contact for making these arrangements. You will probably need a DD214 or similar proof of the veteran’s military service.
How do I apply for a VA home loan?
“VA loans” are not actually made by the VA. They are made by private lenders such as banks, savings and loans associations, or mortgage companies. The VA guarantees a portion of the amount you borrow, often allowing you to get better terms than a conventional loan. To get a loan, you apply to the lender. In many cases they can verify your eligibility through an automated system. If not, it may be necessary to request a Certificate of Eligibility using a VA Form 26-1880. Home loans are also available to Texas veterans (you must have been a Texas resident for at least one year) through the Texas Veterans Land Board. Check them out at www.texasveterans.com.