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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Getting My C-File


Need to file a NOD on a recent Tinnitus claim denial.

Sent in a request, FOIA etc., for my C-file.

VA acknowledged receiving my request on Ebennies and shows a date of 2018 when I can expect them to make a decision as they have my request categorized as a new claim.

I was thinking I read where there are specific deadlines requiring the VA to meet my demand for the C-file.

Anyone know what the time frames are requiring the VA to comply?

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The Records Management Center in St. Louis is now the de facto place to get c-files but remember we now live in the VBMS electronic records world. You have to adapt to the new ways or suffer waiting f

Folks: Ordered my C-file as soon as I sent in my first claim almost a year ago and am trying to finish a NOD. Basically, I've come to the realization now that although it would have a major impac

Doesn't it just boggle your mind that the estimated completion date for a C-file request goes into 2020???  Crazy!

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Is your request for VBA-specific records that exist only in your claims file? 

Assuming that is the case, it might work a lot better if VBA set up a system where vets could request VBA-specific records only, e.g., Rating Decisions, Statement of the Case, etc. Might save a bunch of time and money. 

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All C-FILE Request come from St Louis RMC.(Records Management Center)

They try to get the C-file out to the veteran within 200 days after the request...thats after they get the request from the claims intake center. or as/if Bob McDonald orders... then to expedited it to the veteran. ASAP

E-Mail Mary Ann Wentzel  at RMC in St Louis .  If your waiting is over the 200 days. (6 months)

Wentzel, Mary Ann, VBASLOURMC



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The VA usually Interprets the 20 days to mean that they will acknowledge the request within the 20, and actually fill it when they please.

In the past they have also refused to send a copy until a claim in progress is completed, or used any other excuse that came to mind.

I'm sure that the electronic file bit has or will changes things, just don't know what to expect in the future.


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Yes I agree chuck75

As I understand from Mary Ann at RMC in St Louis   the C-FILE for all veterans including us  Vietnam Vets...they are putting it into CD, and doing away with the paper rout.  As the request come in its first serve basis. 

so it actually could take longer than 200 days but that the Goal as of Now.

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