VA Form 3288 Request for and Consent to Release of Information From Individual's Records
What Is VA Form 3288?
The VA Form 3288, Request for and Consent to Release of Information is one of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) forms used to obtain veteran's records (VA C-files). A VA C-file is a folder created by the VA that contains all relevant information on a veteran, such as their service medical records, post-service treatment records, VA correspondence, C&P Exam Request letters, and other relevant information.
The latest version of the form was released by in December 2014 and supersedes the obsolete 1995 edition. An up-to-date VA Form 3288 fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found on the VA website.
Download VA Form 3288 Request for and Consent to Release of Information From Individual's Records
VA Form 3288 Instructions
There are three major ways to request your C-files:
- visit your local VA Regional Office;
- complete Form 3288 VA and mail it to your VA regional office;
- submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the VA.
It is recommended to call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Do not expect to obtain a copy of your C-file upon your arrival, as it may take some time.
If you submit an FOIA request, the VA normally gives a response within 20 business days. The VA can charge a fee to make a copy of a claims file.
How to Complete VA Form 3288?
The form is a two-page document.
- Enter the address of the VA office in the box "To";
- Enter your name and your Social Security number;
- Enter your VA file number;
- Section Veteran's Request. Enter your name in the box Name;
- Provide complete information as to why you need the data, as well as specify what kind of information you need exactly;
- The form should be signed by you or by a person authorized by you to do so.
Where to Mail VA Form 3288?
The completed form should be mailed to a local VA Regional Office. You can find a list of the VA offices on the official VA website.