FYI FROM THE VA
As a federal agency,
according to the Privacy Act, the Department of Veterans Affairs is obliged to protect the privacy of veterans'
personal information. Therefore, the VA cannot release
personal information about a veteran from its records system
without the person's permission. The VA can, however,
forward a message to the veteran, providing the veteran has
filed a claim with VA and the agency has an address on
Please write your message and place it in an unsealed,
stamped envelope. Also include a note to VA explaining
whom you are trying to reach and add as much identifying
information as you can. Place all of this in another
envelope addressed to the nearest U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs Regional Office (you can find the addresses
or in the
blue pages of the telephone book).
If the veteran is in
the VA records, the message will be sealed and the envelope
sent to the address the VA has on file for the veteran.
It is then up to the veteran to contact the letter-writer.
If you have any questions, you can reach the regional VA
office at 800-827-1000. This process is designed to
protect the privacy of veterans as required by law.