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  1. I was trying to find my SSA records but so far I haven't. There are over 5,000 pages in this version. I have tried several searches, but to no avail. I have searched for the individual whose records where mixed up with mine but so far can't find those either. Since I should have at least been awarded TDIU back to the time SSA found me unable to work, based solely on service connected conditions, this is important to my claim. There are lots of new military records. Lots of names blacked out. I guess the VA doesn't want us looking up any of them.
  2. I requested my C-File on 22 February 2020. It finally arrived 9 January 2021. A little more than 10 months. It is now 5,130 pages. Back in 2016 I requested my C-File. It took from 12 July 2016 until 2 June 2017. About the same amount of time as the current one. It was 2,164 pages.
  3. Ok, so I started requesting copies of my c-file in 2013 or 2014 after filing to re-open my 1993 claim in August 2013. My repeated requests went unanswered, and I ended up having to make a Congressional Inquiry through Senator's office to get a copy.... and now I request a copy every time the VA makes a decision (via Congressional inquiry). Here's what I've figured out and what I'm not sure how to deal with, and a question about c-file contents. 1. I have, I think, 4 or 5 CD's of my c-file. I received the first Spring of 2015! . The problem is that documents that were in the c-fil
  4. Curious if anyone here has gone through the FOIA and had to ultimately sue the VA in Federal District Court to force them to provide their C-File in a more timely manner? FOIA's are required to be fulfilled in 20 business days by law assuming no special circumstances. Obviously the VA isn't going to respond to anything in 20 days but when it goes on for 6 months or longer that is ridiculous and slows our ability to address claim denials/issues quickly. I just filed a FOIA appeal and was sent a letter from the Office of General Counsel, Veterans Administration that my FOIA request was DENIED
  5. Here is an odd question about the C-file. Is EVERYTHING done by the VAMC supposed to end up in your C-file? I do mean everything. The reason I ask, is that in other posts here I have mentioned missing records from the VAMC New Orleans. When I saw my new VA Primary Care Doc for the first time, she asked tons of questions, which was great. In answer to one of them I mentioned that the VAMC New Orleans lost a bunch of my records and I was pissed about it. She had her unit's Social Worker call me to offer assistance on the issue. It turns out there is something c
  6. Okay so my C-file arrived, and did so amazingly fast. Less than two months, not bad time. Going through all the files and sorting them but one of the first things I need to get together is the claim on OSA. I know the rules have changed about OSA ratings and now the med file must have a doctors saying specifically OSA is a medical condition From the MR21-1MR “When determining whether the 50-percent criteria are met, the key consideration is whether use of a qualifying breathing assistance device is required by the severity of the sleep apnea.” “Use absent a medical de
  7. I have a couple more questions I hope someone can help me with. This post concerns C-file copies. I'll make other posts on the other questions. 1. I obtained a copy of my C-file after my initial award of 60% disability. Is it possible to obtain copies of the appeals and changes since that initial award, without having to request the entire C-file? 2. Since I have never had a copy of this part of the file, will I be charged money for the copies of the new pages? Thanks in advance.
  8. I don't know if I have filed the necessary paperwork for my C-File or not, I don't even know what a C-file is. I did file paperwork requesting my medical records from when I was on active duty, 1979-1999. I Don't know what a C-file is and how it differs from my medical records. Today I had an appt. with my VSO and asked him if we had filed the paperwork requesting my C-file. He said No and he didn't really know what is in one and didn't think we needed to file for one. That bothered me. He claims to be one of the best VSO's around. I read on this sight about the C-file all the time and
  9. found some more interesting documents in my husband's C-File. we are also ordering more recent medical files so I am going to reorganize his documents, add the new ones, and repost them later. Thank you again, This site is amazing in how you help so many in need.
  10. Hello, So a while back, the VA sat down to decide my claim, but the DAV rep who signed my claim was apparently no longer certified or something, so the VA erased my claim. As in, I checked E-Benefits and it was no longer there. Erased. Zero. So, I e-mailed my DAV rep (who barely even apologized) and he had me send him a new EZ claim submission form. So I did. So, my new claim is currently visible in E-Benefits, however under the "documents uploaded for this claim" tab, there is nothing there. Now, the VA is requesting documents from me about any private medical care I received. I already
  11. I filed my first claim and recently received va decision. 10% awarded for tinnitus, sleep apnea denied, wrist tenosynovitis denied, and hearing loss denied. I have county VSO but I know they are very busy and want to put paperwork in good order before I file the NOD with them. I was only given audio exam from VA but no other exam. I retired from the Air National Guard and have twenty years of service. The service history is convoluted but I have all the records involved 3 DD214's (Active Duty Army and Air Force), Title 10 orders for (Air Guard), and NGB22 (Air Guard and Army Guard). My
  12. I filed several NOD's back in late May 2016, and at the same time I submitted a Privacy Act Request under the Freedom of Information Act for my C-File......ebenefits said estimated completion: 12/22/2016 - 04/24/2017......Current Status: Gathering of Evidence. Those dates have now expired......11 months now.......have not heard a word from anyone. Who can I contact to find out about my C-File status as estimated dates have expired? My RO is Waco, Tx. WayneTX
  13. I've been reviewing a lot of posts on here advising what to do while waiting for a Comp. Claim to be decided. One thing I noticed was that it's recommended to get your C-File. Which is good to hear because I put in for that first. The weird thing is the time tables though. According to eBennies,I put in my Privacy Act Request 10/14/15 and the estimated completion date is 10/24/16 - 6/20/17!! Whereas, the Comp. Claim was entered 12/22/15, was changed from "Under Review" to "Gathering of Evidence" today with estimated completion date of 5/19/15 - 9/23/15! Definitely, not complaining about m
  14. Does any one know if a c-file can be requested from ebenefits or another website or do we have to actually go to the VA to obtain?
  15. So I looked on eBene and it said my freedom on information act request would take anywhere from a year to 2 years. I sent it in Nov 2015 and they said it can take until the end on 2017. Does anyone know of a way I can appeal to get my C-File faster? The only reason I ask is that my Service Medical records are In there and without them..no IME. The IME is needed for the appeal and I don't want to have one down until all the records are in place. Thoughts?
  16. Hi everybody, I'm helping my dad through this claims process. I requested his C-File via FIOIA on Nov 19, 2015. I submitted his FDC on Dec 16, 2015 and per E-Ben, the date of completion for claim is 5/15-9/15. However, the CFile's completion date is 12/16-7/17! Wow! If I send another request to expedite c-file request, could it delay the comp decision? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks!
  17. While going through my C-file recently, it just occurred to me that the records from my initial exams are not there. When I was getting out, I filed my initial claims, and went to various exams, and x-ray appointments at various locations. These records are not there. How do I go about requesting these specific records? I am SC for all those contentions, but there is no record of what took place, so I can even see if and how much I was lowballed by. Thanks. Semper Fi. Andyman
  18. a new proceeds heads up. email i got after request, Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act Requests are now being handled at a centralized location. I have forwarded your request as well as this address update... also they will call you and send you a letter asking if you want your records in hard copy paper or on a CD. to lesten the time frame from now on put your answer to this in your FOIA request.
  19. Hello all, Hope this isn't a repeat, I thought I wrote this yesterday evening, but now can't find it. Yesterday's mail brought a most interesting letter from the VA. It was from the director of the records depot in St. Louis. Apparently "they" sent my C-file to another Veteran. That Vet's lawyer contacted the records office to inform them of their error. I am still feeling quite beside myself about this. Strangely enough, they didn't bother to send me my C-file with this letter. So I still don't have it, but I have a letter saying someone else got it. Lucky for me, they are offering me
  20. I put in a FOIA request for my C-file back in March 2015. I expected to get a box or large envelope of documents. Instead this is what I received Friday. The CD is PDF and searchable, which I like. However, I am still missing service records from Desert Storm so maybe VA doesn't have them. Can anyone tell me another route to get them?
  21. Can someone tell me how to get a copy of my C-File. I have a NOD submitted, how can I check on the status of that, there is nothing showing in Ebennies. Thanks, Coastie72
  22. I call the VA and they hang up on me after they inform me I need to write a letter to the VARO in Baltimore. Ok what kind of letter? I visited the DAV there and the rep said that he completed a FOIA request for me but I don't see it in ebenes. I have sat on my 40% for over 20 years without 1/100th of the knowledge I've been learning through this site. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I've been low balled. I have most of my military records but I don't want to send duplicates of what the VA has reviewed. However I do not know how my ratings were reviewed. Can anyone inform me on h
  23. I received a phone call from the Houston RO last week stating I will be set up for C&P exams for my pending NOD and that my C-file was being sent. Yesterday morning someone called to verify my availability for the exams and said I would have the exams scheduled NLT 12 June. :D. Then...my husband came home from work carrying this huge box asking what the heck the VA sent that was so heavy and big. Low and behold it was my C-file that was requested last year. The entire file is very overwhelming. It has a lot of duplicate information (probably my fault) and it was four huge reams of paper,
  24. Howdy All, It's been a while since I've been on here, and I wanted to share that I finally got my C-File copy that I requested way back in February of 2013. I ended up finding the military and civilian medical records of four other individuals tucked inside, about 89 pages worth, and found that a majority of my own SMR's and civilian medical records were missing. I'm working on that through my appellate process, and I'll keep y'all posted. It does look like the C-File is missing most of my separation physical examination testing and report documentation though. I was able to reconstruct a
  25. Here's a new one to me. The VA reopened my old open records/privacy act request for my C-File that had been completed back in July, 2014. I had filed the request back in February, 2013, waited nearly a year and a half for the documents, and ended up doing a Presidential inquiry in late May, 2014, and amazingly the C-File arrived in early July. I'm not sure why the VA would have reopened it this month, unless it has something to do with the 80-something pages of other veterans' medical records that were inside it. However, I had let the VA know that back in July as well via IRIS, but I did
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