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Public Disclosure of Service Records (DD214)

After June 30, 2002: Pursuant to RCW 42.56.440(3), discharge papers of a veteran recorded with the County Auditor after June 30, 2002, are not public records. These records are available only to the veteran, the veteran's next of kin, a deceased veteran's properly appointed personal representative or executor, a person holding a veteran's general power of attorney, or anyone else designated in writing by the veteran to receive the records.

Prior to July 1, 2002: Pursuant to RCW 42.56.440(2), discharge papers of a veteran recorded with the County Auditor before July 1, 2002, because they have been commingled with other recorded documents, are exempt from disclosure only if the veteran has recorded a "Request for Exemption from Public Disclosure of Discharge Papers" with the County Auditor. If such a request has been recorded, these records may be released only to the veteran, the veteran's next of kin, a deceased veteran's properly appointed personal representative or executor, a person holding a veteran's general power of attorney, or anyone else designated in writing by the veteran to receive the records.

All other discharge papers, recorded with the County Auditor before July 1, 2002, not designated as exempt from disclosure by recording of a "Request for Exemption from Public Disclosure of Discharge Papers", are available for public disclosure.

Next of Kin: Pursuant to RCW 42.56.440(4), next of kin of deceased veterans have the same rights to full access to a veteran's discharge papers. Next of kin are the veteran's widow or widower who has not remarried, son, daughter, father, mother, brother, and sister.

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