Hello to all! I am new to the forum and a veteran of the US NAVY (OCEANA--1997-2001). Had a few questions maybe some of you could help me answer. I tore my ACL (knee ligament) while in the service and had it reconstructed at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth VA. I have not yet filed a VA claim for a service related disability. When I was discharged I made a copy of my medical record, briefly after discharge I gave it to a local VA Office (Poff Building, Roanoke VA) and have done nothing since then concerning a VA claim. No one ever contacted me and I honestly kind of let it go since the knee at the time was not really bothering me (stupid..I know). This has been over ten years ago and my knee is starting to give me problems, there is pain and discomfort at times and I believe I am starting to develop arthritis there and throughout other parts of my body. Is there any chance that this local office or the local VA medical center would still have my service medical records?? I believe I read that these records are archived somewhere here in the US and with some diligence can be found?? Would I still be eligible for VA disability benefits?? Is it worth the try and trouble?? I am afraid I have waited too long. I now have a family and things like this could really help should I ever have to truly count on it..or worse have to have another surgery or a knee replacement. I have scheduled a phone interview with a VA rep next Wednesday to try and answer some of these questions, but it seems like this board/forum is full of great information.