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Each year, more than 150,000 active and reserve Service members separate from the military, becoming Veterans. This transition currently includes electronically sending some personnel, patient administrative, and medical records from DoD to VA. If the Veteran is not eligible for VA medical care, the Veteran must carry paper copies of their health record to their new chosen health care provider. The current process is not convenient, comprehensive, or inclusive of Veteran needs. It also fails to include their personal review of their own information.

In order to ensure that no Veteran information is lost or mishandled, and that all information on a Service member or Veteran can be easily accessed by service providers, VA and DoD have embarked on an ambitious effort to develop a completely integrated, electronic personal information capability that will span the lifetime of the Veteran and Service member. This capability will feature an electronic record that initiates at the point of accession, may contain information from birth, accompanies every Service member throughout the life of their service, and continues beyond their separation until the last benefit is realized.

VLER will enable quicker and easier access to benefits while on active duty and after separation and assist with a smoother transition from military to civilian life for Veterans and their families. Ultimately, VLER will allow caregivers, clinicians, and benefits providers to view all relevant information about the Veteran securely, regardless of where it was documented, in a single, secure, electronic record and provide the Service member and the Veteran access to that same information. 

'Seamless transition is our concept of universal registration, where Service members' personnel and medical records are duplicated in VA, even while they still serve in uniform.  That way, these is no air gap in the transfer of those records when the uniforms come off at the end of their military service.'  - Secretary Eric K. Shinseki