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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Service

Where should I send my request?

If you know the office that maintains the records you are seeking, you should write directly to that office or contact the VA Central Office FOIA/Privacy Act Officer for the custodian of the record.

Before submitting a FOIA request, please visit VA's 1-Stop customer Service Inquiry.

If you do not know, submit the request as follows:

Medical Records - 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 - to the Director, National Cemetery Area Office, or to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, National Cemetery Administration, VA Central Office.

Benefits Records - 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. The VA Toll-Free number (800-827-1000) will connect you to the nearest regional office.

Inspector General Records - to the Office of the Inspector General, VA Central Office.

All Other Records - to the nearest field facility or to the VA FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, VA Central Office.
If it is sent to the VA Central Office FOIA/Privacy Act Offices, it is reviewed to determine which VA office has custody of the records. The request is then forwarded to that office's VA Central Office FOIA/Privacy Act Officer for review and response or further dissemination to the office which has custody of the records.



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