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Changing your name on your DD-214

Recent litigation has made it possible for veterans to change their name on the DD-214 form.

Although current regulations restrict the ability of transgender individuals to serve openly, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) showed that 20% of transgender adults are veterans who have served in the military at some point. As transgender vets know, records with former names or outdated gender designations can compromise privacy and lead to harassment when applying for jobs or benefits and in other situations. Fortunately, it is now easier to update these records.

For those wanting to update their record on their own, TAVA would like for those receiving a decision to take a brief survey, so that we can keep track of the results:

Here is a comprehensive guide to changing your name on your DD 214: Military Records Resource Jan 2015 FINAL.

In addition, if you wish to speak to an attorney on this issue, please contact the LGBT Bar Association:

To learn how these veterans changed their name on their DD-214, please read these articles:

Evan Young

Evan Young

Evan Young is originally from Little Rock, Ark. He graduated basic training in 1989, transitioned from a sergeant to lieutenant in 1998, and rose to the rank of Major before retiring. In 1998, Evan graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English. From there, he continued his studies while on Active Duty and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a M.S. in Management Information Systems. He earned his public affairs credentials in 2004 and broadcasting management credentials in 2007. He served in the Reserves, Guard, and Active Duty. He was the Hawaii National Guard as a Public Affairs officer and a Media Officer at NORAD and US NORTHCOM. Evan began transition in 2011. He retired from the Army as a Major in 2013. Since then he began his own web development company, EF Young, has written for OutServe magazine as a blogger, is the former president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, and currently serves as the national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Evan currently lives in Dover, AR. with his two children.

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