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Old 09-24-2018, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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So if someone is on their first enlistment and they have the Afghanistan Campaign medal, they're not allowed to join? Someone there needs to reread their regs. If you have one of the required campaign medals, you can join. DD-214 not required. I joined the VFW on the strength of my Afghanistan Campaign award. The DD-214 listing it came almost a year later.
So I assume you presented the award letter that states you have your Campaign medal?

Our members are mostly vets, we have very few servicemembers.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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This exactly. I was a VFW life member for 15 years before I got off active duty and had a DD-214. I showed my campaign award and was granted membership. They have never seen a DD-214.
You should have gotten a DD-214 for every EAOS, every time that you re-enlisted.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:42 AM
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Location: Wasilla, AK
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So I assume you presented the award letter that states you have your Campaign medal?

Our members are mostly vets, we have very few servicemembers.

That is what I presented. It's all you need. The only time my post would want to see a DD-214 is when someone is elected to a position.
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Old 09-24-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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An offical DOD document that states you earned a Campaign Medal.

For most vets the only such document that they have would be their DD-214.

If you were still on Active Duty and had just been awarded your medal, it might be likely that before you get your next DD-214 the only document you had access to was the award letter itself.

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Old 09-24-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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I don't think there was such a thing as a DD-214 for a marine in 1942.
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I don't think there was such a thing as a DD-214 for a marine in 1942.
There wasn't...

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What is a DD214?

The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran's condition of discharge - honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, and the NAVCG 553.
Reference: https://www.dd214.us/
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