Veterans may be encouraged to record official discharge papers with the county clerk for safekeeping and also by filing the military discharge; a record is maintained for future proof of service for veterans’ benefits.
After recording, the original is returned to the owner. As of September 1, 2003, the military records are confidential for 75 years as per HB 545. Only a qualified applicant may secure this information. Texas Local Government Code, Section 192.002 authorizes the County Clerk to file the military discharge at no cost.