My husband has a scanned copy of his DD-214, but I do have the paper original and a few copies stashed away for safekeeping. Equally important, I want to keep his dog tags and his challenge coins in a safe place, just in case we were to evacuate for a storm or the house were to be destroyed for some reason.
What I Did
I placed my husband’s dog tags and challenge coins in an envelope and placed the envelope inside a page protector in a three-ring binder in our waterproof, fire-resistant file safe. Similarly, I placed his DD-214 in a page protector inside the same binder.
Locate any military records and other military items (dog tags are the most common) you’d like to keep safe. Place them in a safe in your home or in a safe deposit box at a bank. Again, I warn you that if you put anything in a safe deposit box, ensure that you have someone else’s name listed on it so that your loved ones won’t have to get a court order to open it in the event of your incapacity or death. (State laws vary, but in at least one state, a safe deposit box belonging to an individual owner requires a court order for opening in the event of the owner’s incapacity or death.)
How Did You Do?
Did you have any military records that needed to be filed away for safekeeping? Let me hear from you in the comments!