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