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VA denied my FOIA request for my own C-File


well now what? i requested my c-file with the steps and tips and letter format that VLB(vet law blog) gives for getting your c-file with FOIA. i got a denial from the va stating "exemption 6".

"FOIA Exemption 6 protects records the release of which would lead to a clearly unwarranted invasion of a living individuals personal privacy".

"Living Veterans have an obvious privacy interest in their VA claims file that include ss numbers, dob, and financial, educational, and medical information. the public disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. you have not identified and we do not find that the public interest outweighs the interests of a living Veteran in the information maintained in his or her VA claims records. Accordingly, the VA claims file you requested is denied under FOIA exemption 6."

The best part? I am requesting MY OWN C FILE!!!

i searched the forums here for something on this but looks like no one here has ran into this or hasn't talked about it in a specific post question. any help?

thanks guysz



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On your next request you might also send them copies of two of your photo IDs such as current drivers license and VA VHA health care card with your photo of course.  Although not required it will defe

Easy fix is to request your Congressman or Senator to intervene and get it for you.  

ok so just an update on this. quickly.  i did contact my congressman on this and they got a response from the VA that they were working on it and would send ASAP and had already notified me that

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I just saw Berta's earlier post, and I'm sure she is her suggestion will work. If you have to submit a new form, it is anyone's guess as to how long it's going to take to get your records, but i'm pretty certain it is going to be quite a while. The RO's aren't even back to full steam yet and in the meantime, veterans have been sending in requests for files and records and just adding to the piles. If you use a VSO, or lawyer, they can do some searching for you using the VBMS. But if you really want the whole file, that isn't going to work for you.

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Easy fix is to request your Congressman or Senator to intervene and get it for you.  

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ok so just an update on this. quickly. 

i did contact my congressman on this and they got a response from the VA that they were working on it and would send ASAP and had already notified me that they were working on it? i dont know if thats what the letter i received meant but i guess thats what they intended. so my congressman said to just wait. the claim was never closed on VA.gov so i waited. and waited........and waited.......

this week the claim finally closed. so i guess they are finally sending my C-file. thanks to everyone that was helping me with this and tried to decipher the letter i got. i swear the VA makes things so difficult sometimes!


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@blahsaysme2u I requested mine in December 2019. Currently, there is no longer an ETA on va.gov of when I call the Peggy puppets. I think I might engage my Congressional rep to see if they can get mine moving along.

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