Military discharge

If you were discharged from active military duty within the past 18 months, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in Washington state if you:

  • Are physically in the state of Washington, and your terminal leave is over when you apply for benefits;
  • Completed your first, full term of active duty, or you were discharged for disability, hardship, reduction in force, etc.;
  • Received an honorable, entry-level, uncharacterized or general discharge;
  • Received a release or "discharge from active duty" form DD-214, member copy 2 through 8; and
  • Are fully discharged from active duty, including leave time. (This information is in box 12b of the form DD-214.)

In addition to these requirements, National Guard members and reservists must have served at least 180 days of continuous active duty during their base year.


Get help finding a job

Military veterans have priority access to free employment services at WorkSource centers throughout Washington state.