How to Obtain VA Medical, Burial, and Benefits Records
By: VA's Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right of access to Federal agency records, except to the extent that such records are protected from release by a FOIA exemption or a special law enforcement record exclusion.
It is VA's policy to release information to the fullest extent under the law.Categories of VA records:
Medical Records - submit request to the Director of the VA medical facility where the individual was last treated or to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer at Veterans Health Administration, VA Central Office.
National Cemetery Records - submit request to the Director, National Cemetery Area Office, or to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, National Cemetery Administration, VA Central Office.
Benefits Records - submit request to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer at the VA Regional Office serving the individual's jurisdiction, or to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer of the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA Central Office. (Compensation and Pension; Loan Guaranty; Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment; Insurance, and Education.)
All records must be requested by submitting a FOIA request.
FOIA/Privacy Act Officerhttp://www.foia.va.gov/FOIA/Contacts_VHA.asp
National Cemetery Administration FAQhttp://www.foia.va.gov/FOIA/FOIA_NCA.asp
Veterans Benefit Administration FAQs http://www.foia.va.gov/FOIA/FOIA_VBA.asp