No service number on the veteran’s DD214 just a social security number, what do you do for a Merchant Marine?

For merchant marines, you need to be careful of the dates, as the war dates for Merchant Marines is a different from other branches of services; i.e. 12-07-1941 thru 08/15/1945.

You can file ANY claim with just the veteran’s social security number.  Leave the service number blank and let the VA fill it in.

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