VA Form 3288 Request for and Consent to Release of Information From Individual's Records

VA Form 3288 Request for and Consent to Release of Information From Individual's Records

What Is VA Form 3288?

VA Form 3288, Request for and Consent to Release of Information, is one of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) forms used for obtaining a veteran's records (or C-files). A veteran's 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 VA Form 3288 fillable edition was released on October 1, 1995, and supersedes the now obsolete 1995 edition. An up-to-date version of the form is available for digital filing and download below or can be found on the VA website.

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VA Form 3288 Instructions

There are three main ways to request your C-files:

  1. Visit your local VA Regional Office.
  2. Complete Form 3288 VA and mail it to your VA regional office.
  3. 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?

  1. Enter the address of the VA office in the "To" box.
  2. Enter your name and your Social Security number.
  3. Enter your VA file number.
  4. Veteran's Request. Enter your name in the "Name" box.
  5. Provide complete information as to why you need the data, as well as specify what kind of information you need exactly.
  6. 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.

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