Does your medical record gets transfer over to the VA after you separate?

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Does your medical record gets transfer over to the VA after you separate?

Do you do this by yourself or it does it automatically?
 

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Reference: Medical Records LINK <---

In the 1990s, the military services discontinued the practice of filing health records with the personnel record portion at the NPRC. In 1992, the Army began retiring most of its former members' health records to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Over the next six years, the other services followed suit. In 2014, the military services discontinued the practice of retiring the records to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In order to determine where a medical record is located, please see the chart below:





BranchStatusDateRecord Location
ArmyDischarged, retired, or separated from any component10/16/1992 to 12/31/2013Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014AMEDD Record Processing Center
NavyDischarged, retired, or separated from any component01/31/1994 to 12/31/2013Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014BUMED Navy Medicine Records Activity
Air ForceDischarged, retired, or separated from any component05/01/1994 to 12/31/2013Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014AF STR Processing Center
Discharged or retired from Reserves or National Guard06/01/1994 to 12/31/2013Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014AF STR Processing Center
Marine CorpsDischarged, retired, or separated from any component05/01/1994 to 12/31/2013Department of VA, Records Management Center
on or after 01/01/2014BUMED Navy Medicine Records Activity
Coast GuardDischarged, retired, or separated from Active Duty - Reservists with 90 days active duty for training04/01/1998 to 09/30/2014Department of VA, Records Management Center
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So VA records won't have your military records on file?
As provided in the linked info (the actual site):

"Veterans who plan to file a claim for medical benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) do not need to request a copy of their military health record from the NPRC. After a claim is filed, the VA will obtain the original health record from the NPRC. In addition, many health records were lent to the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the 1973 Fire."

"Veterans who filed a medical claim should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to determine if their record is already on file. The VA Toll Free # is: 1-800-827-1000 - it will connect the caller to the nearest VA office."

I assume the VA reaches out to the other depositories for medical records if they are retained at other than the NPRC,


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Reference: M-21-1

I.1.C.1.a. VA’s Duty to Obtain Federal RecordsThe submission of a substantially completed initial or supplemental claim triggers the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) duty to assist procedures which include a duty to make reasonable efforts to obtain relevant records in the custody of a Federal department or agency.
I.1.C.1.b. Definition: Federal RecordsFederal records are any documents in the custody of a Federal department or agency. Federal records include but are not limited to
  • service treatment records (STRs)
  • other service department records (such as personnel records, line-of-duty determinations, inpatient treatment records or behavioral health records) that are not included with the STRs
  • VA medical and other records (including Vet Center records and authorized VA medical treatment or examinations at a non-VA facility)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) records
  • Public Health Service records, and
  • Department of Labor records.

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