It is highly recommended to periodically make a Freedom of Information Act request for every single page of your VA records. They don't charge for this. You will often find all sorts of statements inside that you may not be aware of, often derogatory or altered from what was actually said. Unfortunately there is no provision in the system for you to correct these comments. Every words you say to a VA physician or social worker, even in "casual" conversation, may end up forever on the record, to pop up years later. With the VA there is no such thing as "off the record". My own personal advice is to be wary of any VA psychiatrist and not to have any words whatsoever with them unless you seek a PTSD disability. If you do so wear a digital tape recorder. Record every session, but don't bring this to their attention. Under no circumstances should you ever admit to any violation of law to anyone at the VA. You may or may not have any access to psychiatric records, but years later, if you end up in court the judge will see them. If you are in an an auto accident and sign a "release of medical records form" the insurance company will see them. In addition VA psychiatrists have an anti-gun bias and routinely notify BATF of veterans undergoing psychiatric treatment, and forever ban them from owning firearms or ammunition.