Many Veterans and their next of kin can obtain copies of the Veterans DD-214 (Report of Separation) through http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
In order to access the system you must be either:
If you are not the Veteran or next of kin, you must complete Standard Form 180 (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records.
Currently drilling National Guard and Selected Reserve students should contact their unit administrator, education office, or personnel office to determine the proper websites for access to DD-214s and Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) forms. Each service component maintains different systems where students can find personnel documents which may be used to verify or substantiate eligibility for Veterans education benefits.