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Sole Surviving Son or Daughter Military Discharge


Except during times of war, or national emergency, one can request a discharge if they are a " sole surviving son or daughter." This does not mean that they are an "only child," or that they are "sole surviving" because someone died in a traffic accident. In the military, a "sole surviving son or daughter" is one who is any son or daughter in a family whose parent or one or more sons or daughters served in the Armed Forces of the United States and—

  • Was killed in action.
  • Died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Is in a captured or missing-in-action status.
  • Is permanently 100 percent physically disabled or 100 percent mentally disabled due to service connection.

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