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Required Documentation to Be Eligible for Veterans’ Preference

Applicants who wish to claim Veterans’ Preference are required to submit copies of certain documents.  Click on the statement below to view the required documentation.

*Only one of the documents listed is required to be submitted

  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)

*Only one of the documents listed is required to be submitted

  • Current military ID card (both sides)
  • Letter from unit commander verifying service member is in good standing 
  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)

*Only one of the documents listed is required to be submitted

  • Current military ID card (both sides)
  • Letter from unit commander verifying that service member is in good standing
  • DD Form 214(Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge upon demobilization
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)                            

*Only one of the documents listed is required to be submitted

  • NGB Form 22 (National Guard) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • NGB Form 55 (National Guard - Certificate of Honorable Discharge)
  • NGB Form 56 (National Guard - Certificate of General Discharge)
  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)

The front page of the most recent federal tax return showing both spouses. If the most recent return doesn't show both spouses due to marriage occurring between filing, then a marriage certificate is acceptable.

*In addition to submitting the verification above, a spouse of a veteran must also submit one of the documents below:

  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)
  • NGB Form 22 (National Guard) listing an Honorable or General Discharge
  • NGB Form 55 (National Guard - Certificate of Honorable Discharge)
  • NGB Form 56 (National Guard - Certificate of General Discharge)
  • The front page of the most recent federal tax return showing both spouses.  If the most recent return doesn't show both spouses due to marriage occurring between filing, then a marriage certificate is acceptable.

 *In addition to submitting the verification above, a spouse of a current service member must also submit one of the documents below:

  • Current military ID card (both sides)
  • Letter from unit commander verifying service member is in good standing
  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • Notarized statement that spouse has not remarried
  • Veteran’s Death Certificate or DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty)

*In addition to submitting the verifications listed above, a unmarried spouse of a deceased veteran must also submit one of one of the documents below:

  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)
  • NGB Form 22 (National Guard) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • NGB Form 55 (National Guard - Certificate of Honorable Discharge)
  • NGB Form 56 (National Guard - Certificate of General Discharge)
  • Verification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that veteran has been declared unemployable due to a service connected disability
  • The front page of the disabled veteran’s most recent federal tax return listing parent as a dependent.

*In addition to submitting the verification listed above, a dependent parent of a disabled veteran must also submit one of the documents below:

  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)
  • NGB Form 22 (National Guard) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • NGB Form 55 (National Guard - Certificate of Honorable Discharge)
  • NGB Form 56 (National Guard - Certificate of General Discharge)
  • Proof of veteran's death while on active duty or active duty for training (DD Form 1300- Report of Casualty)
  • The front page of the deceased veteran’s most recent federal tax return listing parent as a dependent.

*In addition to submitting the verification listed above, a parent of a deceased veteran must also submit one of the documents below:

  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 or Service 2 copy) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • DD Form 256 (Discharge Certificate, Honorable)
  • NGB Form 22 (National Guard) listing an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge
  • NGB Form 55 (National Guard - Certificate of Honorable Discharge)
  • NGB Form 56 (National Guard - Certificate of General Discharge)

You may submit the required documents to the following secure link here via a business request or FAX the appropriate documentation indicating an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge and other necessary records to Stuart Clark at 502.564.0512 or mail to:

Applicant, Veterans and Recruitment Assistance Branch
Attn: Stuart Clark
501 High Street, 1st Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

Applicants will be notified by email once the preference has been assigned.