Ocean County Clerk's Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2011

VETERANS URGED TO RECORD
MILITARY DISCHARGE PAPER;
RECEIVE FREE REGISTRATION CARD
AT COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE


TOMS RIVER - With "Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families," as this year's theme of National County Government Month, the Office of the Ocean County Clerk is encouraging veterans to register their discharge paper known as Form DD-214.

Ocean County veterans may bring their original DD-214 discharge paper to the Ocean County Clerk's Office at the Court House in Toms River and have the document recorded and receive a registration card to verify that their original DD-214 has been registered, according to Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella. There is no charge for the service.

"With more than 68,000 veterans living in Ocean County it's important we alert veterans to this service offered by the County Clerk," noted Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau. "Registering veterans discharge papers (Form DD-214) with the County Clerk's Office ensures that a true copy of the original document may always be obtained in the event that the original is lost or destroyed."

Copies of the DD-214 discharge papers are needed for a number of reasons to provide veterans and their families proof of discharge for: dependents of deceased veterans attending high school, college or technical school; obtaining funeral benefits; obtaining benefits from Veteran's Services; obtaining property tax exemption; Government employment; Civilian employers doing government work; Job placement; Veteran's social clubs and obtaining a Peddler's license

"To date, the Ocean County Clerk's Office has registered over 8,000 DD-214 papers for veterans," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Clerk's Office. "The professional and knowledgeable staff there will make the process an easy one and once done it provides peace of mind should the original form be misplaced."

"As we celebrate April as National County Government Month, it's important we raise awareness and educate the residents of Ocean County of the numerous programs and services provided by county government including those at the Ocean County Clerk's Office," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "This service is truly a benefit to the veteran and their family."

Veterans may bring their original DD-214 papers to the Ocean County Clerk's Office located at the Ocean County Court House, 118 Washington Street in Toms River, during regular business hours Monday thru Friday. Veterans may call the County Clerk's Office at (732) 929-2018 or go online at www.oceancountyclerk.com for additional information.