§51-4-12a. Free recordation of discharges, other than
dishonorable, and certificates of satisfactory
service; free issuance to veterans and dependents
of copies of certain records.
A discharge, other than dishonorable, from the armed forces of
the United States, and a certificate of satisfactory service in
said armed forces held by any and all persons, shall be recorded by
a county clerk in a special record book, free of any and all fees
or costs therefor. This book shall be kept on file in the office
of the clerk of the county court of the county in which the person
holding such discharge or certificate resides: Provided, That upon
application to the vital statistics department, or any other agency
authorized to issue birth certificates in this state, the original
discharge or certificate, or a certified copy from the clerk's
office, where same is recorded, shall be taken as proof of the date
of birth of the veteran for all purposes, and no other or further
proof shall be required.
The county clerk of any county shall furnish copies of records
of a discharge, other than dishonorable, certificate of
satisfactory service, marriage, divorce, adoption, birth or death,
which he may have in his possession, without fee, to veterans of
any war, soldiers in service, or the dependents of such veterans or
soldiers, when these records are necessary to obtain benefits from
the federal or state governments.