First things first, figure out what forms you will need, go here to get the forms that are required for your business type. Required Documents for VIP ApplicationBusiness Type: Sole ProprietorshipThe  documents are required in order for the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) to begin processing your application. If you are party to a Joint Venture or Mentor Protégé, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. Get your forms here!
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VA Form VA-0877
1. How to Obtain Standard Form 180 (SF-180) to Request Military Service Records
There are several ways to obtain an SF-180. You can:
* Download and print a copy of the SF-180 in PDF format.
    * You need access to a printer and the Adobe Acrobat Reader software (see link below). The form is a total of 3 pages.
    * The SF-180 is formatted for letter size paper (8.5" x 11"). If your printer cannot accommodate this, select "shrink to fit" when the Adobe Acrobat Reader "Print" dialog box appears.
    * This is also a fillable version of the SF-180. It will allow you to type the needed information into the form using your keyboard. You will still need to print, sign and mail the form. Otherwise, it works the same as stated above.
* Please Note: While Section II, Paragraph 1 of the Standard Form 180 outlines multiple types of records that may be available to the requester, the DD Form 214 is the most common document necessary to obtain most veteran's benefits.  The typical DD Form 214 request can be processed within ten work days while requests for other types of records will require longer processing time.  If a complete copy of the military service record is desired, please check the "Other" box and specify "Complete Copy" in the provided space.
Download form SF-180 to mail or fax your request.
Where to Return the Form:
    * Review the tables on page 3 of SF-180 to identify the correct location of the record you need (based on branch of service, dates of separation, and type of record)
    * send the completed form to the address identified on the table
* Contact Us to order the form through the mail
National Personnel Records Center
* 1 Archives Drive
* St. Louis, Missouri 63138

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The Veteran First Verification ProgramThe Vets
First Verification Program enables Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) to be listed as VA-verified in the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database and participate in the Veterans First Contracting Program. Veteran business owners seeking VA Verification should consider the following fundamental elements before applying.Veteran Status

Does the Veteran business owner(s) meet the definition of a Veteran or Service-disabled Veteran as established in Title 38 CFR Part 74 or 13 CFR Part 125?A Veteranis a person who served on active duty with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for any length of time and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
Reservists or members of the National Guard called to federal active duty or disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty or while in training status also qualify as Veterans.
A Service-disabled Veteranis a Veteran who possesses either a disability rating letter issued by VA establishing a Service-connected rating between 0 and 100 percent, or a disability determination from the Department of Defense.
OwnershipIs the business at least 51 percent ownedby one or more Veteran(s) or Service-disabled Veteran(s)?
At least 51 percent of the business must be directly and unconditionally owned by one or more Veteran(s) or Service-disabled Veteran(s).
Control Does one or more Veteran(s) or Service-disabled Veteran(s) have full control over business operations?
The Veteran owner(s) must have full control over the day-to-day management, decision-making, and strategic policy of the business; possess the managerial experience of the extent and complexity needed to manage thebusiness; be the highest-compensated employee (unless the Veteran can explain how taking lowercompensation benefits the business); devote full-time to the business; hold the highest officer position in thebusiness; and has the ability to exercise independent business judgment.PrequalificationDoes the Veteran meet the minimum Verification eligibility requirements and have the required documents?
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