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Reconstructing your records

How does VA reconstruct my records?

皇家棋牌We submit a specific request to the NPRC for any additional service records they may have or can find for you.

With the information we provide, the NPRC searches for documents that may help to reconstruct your records. They may also reach out to other government agencies. For example, they may try to reconstruct portions of your service treatment records by reviewing unit records, morning reports, and hospital admission records from the surgeon general's office.
 

How can I get the records I need to support my VA disability compensation claim?

If you're filing a VA disability compensation claim, follow the steps below to get the records you need.

  1. Fill out the National Archives request for information form

    You'll need to fill out a Request for Information Needed to Reconstruct Medical Data (NA Form 13055). We'll use this form as our request to the NPRC to reconstruct your records. 

    Please give us as much information as you can about your assignments during service, including any of the below that apply to you:

    • Unit
    • Company
    • Battalion
    • Regiment
    • Squadron
    • Group
    • Wing 

  2. Gather or request other records or documents

    皇家棋牌We'll also look at other records or documents (called “supplemental records”) to help decide your claim. You can provide these records or ask us to help you find them. 

    Please send us any of these documents you may have:

    • Statements from service medical personnel
    • Certified “buddy” statements or affidavits from fellow service members who witnessed your injury or illness
    • Military accident and police reports
    • Examination reports related to employment or insurance
    • Letters or photographs from your time in the service
    • Prescription records
    • Photocopies of any service treatment records or medical reports from any private hospitals, clinics, or doctors who treated you during service or shortly after separation

     

  3. Submit your disability compensation claim, NA Form 13055, and any supporting documents 

    You can file your claim online, by mail, in person, or with the help of a trained professional. For claims involving the reconstruction of records, we encourage you to work with a professional, such as an accredited attorney, claims agent, or Veterans Service Officer (VSO).

    Make sure to include your and any supplemental records or other documents you may have with your claim.

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