The VA has a duty to assist you with obtaining your military service treatment record (STR). Unfortunately, STRs can be challenging to obtain. Veterans can request them from the military archives or through a VA Copy of File request. Getting these records is a vital step in taking control of your health and wellness. Fortunately, you do not have to deal with the VA on your own. As a part of the disability claims process, a veteran’s claim attorney could help you obtain your military service treatment record. Our team at Marc Whitehead & Associates expertly handle Veterans Affairs disability claims. Call today for a free consultation.
Why do I need to request service treatment records?
Your health records are important for a variety of reasons when you are seeking a disability claim. These records could spell out the symptoms and conditions you have been experiencing over the years. They could also clarify that you qualify for disability benefits, even if a snapshot of your condition at any given time might not make it obvious. These records could also document that your disability resulted from an event that occurred during active military service.
The process of requesting records
There are different ways to obtain your medical records from the VA. For example, if you received treatment at a VA center, you can go there in person and request copies of your records. While the workers have an obligation to assist you, there are easier ways to get what you are looking for. You also have the option to seek your records online. You can also request your records through MyHealtheVet, a site operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Remember that while your VA records are essential, they might not tell the entire story of your physical condition. In many cases, you will also need records from private doctors or hospitals supporting your claim. The process of obtaining these records is different, but our firm is here to assist you.
Talk to an attorney about your veteran’s claim
There is no doubt that requesting and collecting medical records can be complex. In addition, you might not be entirely clear on the documents you need. The good news is we could help you secure whatever is necessary and use them during the claims process. If you have questions about this process, our experienced team at Marc Whitehead & Associates has the answers. We serve veterans across the United States and do not charge for initial consultations.