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06-22-10, 12:44 PM #1
DD215 procedural question
In was in VN in 1967 and left the corps in '69. In the late 80's I lost my medals and ribbons (house fire) and requested replacements. My original DD214 showed the Purple Heart Medal (I received 3 PH's, 1 medal with 2 gold stars), the VN Service and VN campaign medals.
However, when I received the replacements the paperwork said I was also entitled to the PUC, CAR, and VN Gallantry Cross.
I didn't think much about it until just this spring when I filed a claim with the VA for some medical issues related to the shrapnel wounds I had recieved back in '67. I had requested (via form SF180, new DD214 and all other records. What I received back was the original copy of my DD214 still not showing the PUC, CAR, and VNGC. I know for sure that I rated the CAR because at one time or another I'd fired about half the weapons available to us (and one night in Sept of '67, at Con Thien, I even had to resort to throwing some rocks at them).
Question: Is it likely the reason that my DD214 was never updated was because I hadn't filed a DD215? My medical records show that I was wounded in the arm, leg, and hand by shrapnel so I don't think there is an issue in establishing service connection but it would be nice to have the CAR shown on my DD214.
06-22-10, 08:08 PM #2
Great Question Mike, just send another SF-180 form, with a copy of your DD-214, The Letter stating your entitlement to the CAR, PUC, and Vietnam Gallantry Cross from the 80's, and a letter explaining that you would like these awards placed on a DD-215. I had to do this for two awards myself, very easy process. Also welcome aboard and Semper Fi!!
06-22-10, 08:33 PM #3
Thanks, that sounds pretty straight forward (and not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be).
Have a great day, and Semper Fi!
06-22-10, 08:37 PM #4
06-22-10, 11:48 PM #5
MIKE....take a look at my DD214, and DD215 in my photo album, in my profile. I had a similar problem, and filled out that same form, took about 90 days to get the DD215.....BEST OF LUCK!!!
06-23-10, 02:21 AM #6
Yeah...expect 90 days to 6 months. Just depends on how busy they are. As long as you have OFFICIAL documentation, you'll be fine.
Without it..the process will be VERY long indeed.
06-23-10, 05:12 PM #7
06-23-10, 07:00 PM #8
Now you have me wondering what you mean by 'official documentation'. I will be able to fill out the SF180 and I have copies of my DD214, but I don't have the letter which came with my replacement medals because that was over 30 years ago.
06-23-10, 07:06 PM #9
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06-23-10, 07:53 PM #10
Oh well, that's one thing we all learned how to do in the corps.
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