Freedom of Information Act - Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records are protected from release by a FOIA exemption or a special law enforcement record exclusion. It is VA's policy to release information to the fullest extent under the law.

There are no special forms required to submit a request, however, the Department of Veterans Affairs requires that your FOIA request:

  • Be in writing (submitted via US Mail, special carrier, fax or email). If the requested records concern your personal privacy or that of another person, then the request must be signed. (See Signature Note below.)
  • Reasonably describe the records so that they may be located with a reasonable amount of effort.
  • State your willingness to pay applicable fees or provide a justification to support a fee waiver. Click here to view the different types of FOIA requester categories.
  • Include a daytime telephone number and/or email in case we need to contact you.

Please refer to our sample FOIA request if you seek information that pertains to a certain topic or an individual other than yourself or refer to our sample Privacy Act request for records that pertain to you. All FOIA requests should be addressed to:

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
FOIA Officer (001PO)
P.O. Box 61011
New Orleans, La. 70161

or emailed to

Signature Note:  If you (or your authorized representative) are requesting copies of VA records pertaining to yourself (i.e., VA claims records, medical records, etc.), your request is a Privacy Act request. In accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy, all Privacy Act requests must be signed by the requester before we can process the request.

If you are sending a Privacy Act request via email, please scan a copy of your signed request, attach it to your email, and send it to the appropriate electronic mailbox.

Protect your Personal Information. Please DO NOT send personally identifiable information such as social security numbers or claims numbers via unprotected email as it puts your information at risk.