According to a recent story in The Capital, the daily newspaper serving greater Annapolis and Kent Island, Maryland, about 70% of veterans from that area still have not enrolled with the Veterans Administration. One common factor has been identified in the countless cases of veterans who are still not enrolled with the VA. While veterans can choose to have their DD-214 released to their state department of veterans affairs, it is not required. However, without the DD-214 the state department of veterans affairs never receives information about the veteran, including how to contact the individual about enrollment in the VA.
While this story relates to veterans from Maryland, its key points may be useful to service members and veterans in general. Read more here.