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Hello Veterans, I am seeking help/answers to a million dollars question..what to do? I am trying to make it simple, but it just can't with this type of situation I did everything to locate my in service medical records since 2014 and to this 13th day of May 2018 still nothing, yes I contacted The Records Management Center in St. Louis, MO, The VA, The VA Hospitals, The Army Hospitals where I was stationed, even the 21st Evacuation in Korea, my local Congressional Office, The VA White House hotline, I am still empty handed...please chime on in, and thanks in advanced.

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I've heard some veterans say that when they hired an attorney, the attorney was able to pursue the case without the medical records or can sometimes find the records. I haven't had any personal experience with this so I am not sure if this would help, but it couldn't hurt.

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Thanks Tbird, I did that too the denied claim is in appeal status awaiting an date for video-conference with a Vet Law Judge .

I am not at all familiar with this type of thing and mean while I am waiting I am scared of how this may turn out, been seeing too many Veterans suffering with conditions and nothing being done, or something being done when the Veteran is at the end stage of their life.

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What were the excuses they all gave you as to not having the records in their possession? or could not locate them? since 2014  they should have found in part of your STR's at least.

Have you tried requesting your C-File?

if  you could get buddy statements from your fellow service members who served with you to testify on your behalf as to what it is your claiming or witness an event injury  or who  knew you and that it happen while you were in the military will help...the unit's you were in and the dates and locations. describe the event  ect,,,ect,,, this will help as evidence with the video-conference with a Vet Law Judge .

  these notarized statements will help establish Service Connection.   even if your denied compensation % once Service Connected  then you can later refile for the compensation  when you have enough medical evidence. when they find your records.

From now on if you have not yet?

Remember to keep everything the VA sends you, make extra copies and if you send the VA Anything via US Mail  Always Always get a certified return receipt and keep in safe place, make your Own personal VA Folder and keep everything the VA Sends you have extra copies of everything. 

Try calling President Trump Veterans Hotline.

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The hotline can be accessed at 855-948-2311 and is VA’s first non-clinical, non-emergency around-the-clock call center. It provides Veterans a supplemental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA’s normal customer service channels.

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