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Change From Preparation For Decision To Gathering Of Evidence!


Ok I have read different opinions on here about requesting your C-file, I have never done that so I went ahead and requested my file. The question I have is what is anyone's opinion of requesting my C-file in the middle of a claim, and do you think that request is the reason why my claim went from preparation for decision back to gathering of evidence?

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Just my opinion-

Your c-file should be contained in the VA computer system. Unlike several years ago when they may have had it in a notebook binder located somewhere or on someone reviewing your case's desk, they should be able to act on your request for a copy without disrupting a claim already in progress.

I may be wrong but with the computer technology around today, I sure hope this would be the case. Others who have working knowledge of current VA practices should correct me if I'm wrong.

Good luck to you...


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Guess my answer may have just came an hour ago. I received a call that they scheduled me for a C&P exam at the end of this month, so maybe that is why my status changed!

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VA is not up on all the computer updates. When a veteran requests a copy of their c-file, that folder is sent to those that do nothing but copy. If you have a claim that is automated, the file is sent to the location where they make copies, then returned to its last location.

I have always highly recommended that the c-file be not requested until the claim is completed. Then if you disagree with the RD, you can request a copy of the C/P exams along with the C-file for review and to prepare the NOD if that's your choice.

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C-Files are paper. The VA has not hired temporary unemployed to feed our paper files into a computer storage device. They could hire long term unemployed and this would keep a million people employed for a few months just getting C-Files in order by date and putting them into computer format. Then entire C-Files could be at finger tips of vets, VSO's , lawyer and the VA. When my lawyer finally got my C-File he was appalled at the condition of the file. He had been doing SSDI claims where the files are nice and neat.


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when mine went from prep for decision back to gathering evidence it appears a reviewer decided I needed a C&P.

good news was after the C&P I requested a "emergency" copy, which took a couple weeks, and before I could send in any "additional info" I got the manila envelope with decision.

Hope all works out for you

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