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Finding Your Service Treatment Records

Service treatment records are the medical records from your time in service. When filing a disability claim, you can either submit your service treatment records OR request that the VA access them. It is important for you to have a copy of them to ensure their accuracy, and for your own use. They include all health information and appointments from your service time, from your initial to your final physical examination and all mental health, outpatient and dental appointments in between.

The process for where medical records are housed and how to access them has changed several times in the past 30 years. Prior to the 1990’s, health records were filed with the National Personal Records Center, in the personnel records portion. The switch was made from 1992-1998 by all service branches to file medical and health records with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

In 2014, the process once again changed and records were no longer automatically retired to the VA. Records were stored in different locations after 2014, depending on when a member was in service and what branch of the military they were in. Below is a helpful chart from the National Archives, showing where medical records are housed.

 

Branch Status Date Record Location
Army Discharged, retired, or separated from any component 10/16/1992 to 12/31/2013 Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014 AMEDD Record Processing Center
Navy Discharged, retired, or separated from any component 01/31/1994 to 12/31/2013 Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014 BUMED Navy Medicine Records Activity
Air Force Discharged, retired, or separated from any component 05/01/1994 to 12/31/2013 Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014 AF STR Processing Center
Discharged or retired from Reserves or National Guard 06/01/1994 to 12/31/2013 Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014 AF STR Processing Center
Marine Corps Discharged, retired, or separated from any component 05/01/1994 to 12/31/2013 Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014 BUMED Navy Medicine Records Activity
Coast Guard Discharged, retired, or separated from Active Duty – Reservists with 90 days active duty for training 04/01/1998 to 09/30/2014 Department of VA, Records Management Center

If your tour ended after the above-listed dates, your active duty medical records are at the Department of VA, Records Management Center.

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How Do I Request My Medical Records?

There are several ways to do this.

  1. Call 1-800-827-1000 to speak to someone with VA claims
  2. Complete the Standard Form 180, a request pertaining to military records. You can find the form here.
  3. As a last resort, you can file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The main FOIA page is here. The VA FOIA information page is here. Remember that filing an FOIA request can sometimes take months to get your records.

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