Per Pennsylvania Statute of 1868, Act 37, the Recorder of Deeds office is authorized to record military discharge papers of all veterans, commonly known as form DD214 and NGB22.
Recording veterans’ discharge paperwork with the Recorder of Deeds office safeguards these important documents in the case of loss, damage or natural disaster of the original document. The Recorder of Deeds will retain an image of the veteran’s DD214 in perpetuity on our secure database. Only the veteran, immediate family member, authorized agent by written request, or the director of the department of Veteran’s Affairs can request copies of these documents.
Lyndsay Wengrzyn, Chief Deputy of the Recorder of Deeds, explained that military discharge papers are the only documents that we do not make public. This is a free service we offer to our veterans, and we are so excited to be launching our new Veteran’s Identification Discount Card program that will be complimentary to our veterans. We are currently in the process of reaching out to local businesses to offer various discounts to veterans who present their ID Card at time of purchase or services rendered. This is a great way to not only honor our veterans, but also to support our small businesses in the county. We will have a list of participating businesses available on our website.
Although recording a discharge is not required, we strongly encourage veterans to take advantage of this service. Veterans who resided in another county when they were discharged may have had their DD214 recorded in that county. However, it is recommended that the veteran also record their DD214 in the county where the veteran currently resides.
If your business is interested in participating in this discount program, please reach out to the Recorder of Deeds office by phone (724-830-3529) or email [email protected] or you may download our application to sign up: Veterans’ Identification Discount Card Application
The Veterans’ Identification Discount Card is entirely funded by the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund; no taxpayer dollars are spent on this program.