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Duty to Assist Incarcerated Veterans

Pursuant to VA Fast Letter 11-22, issued on September 8, 2011, Courts have ruled that VA’s duty to assist extends to providing incarcerated veterans with examinations when one is required. The VA must make substantial efforts to obtain both an examination of an incarcerated veteran, when one is required and, the incarcerated veterans medical record whether at a prison facility or elsewhere. VA Fast Letter 11-22