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C-File Completeness/Accuracy


Just a quick question...I just received my C-File via CD. Upon skimming thru it (I will do so a third time to be sure), I did not see any of the "Statements in Support of Claim" documents I have submitted. However, a recent denial showed them as items used as evidence by the VA. Is it likely that my C-File sent to me just did not get those specific documents added to my CD? I would like to think it was just missed on my CD as it has been shown on evidence list of denial. Just wondering. Thanks

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likely, though the only way to know is to look at your file on the E-side. 

This is not unusual.  I have gotten 3 seperate copies of my Cfile, plus at least 2 additional copies on DVD (called the RBA, record before agency).  With each, over a period of 14 years, I noticed the

Fox, The first time I requested my c-file, I, after about 6 months, received about an inch and a half stack of paper.  I proceeded to look through it and found that it repeats itself about four t

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This is not unusual.  I have gotten 3 seperate copies of my Cfile, plus at least 2 additional copies on DVD (called the RBA, record before agency).  With each, over a period of 14 years, I noticed they are not the same, and evidence was missing in "each" new RBA, that was present in the old one.  

I think I have been "on electronic records" for about 2 to 3 years or so.  Before that it was all paper, and many, many pages.  For example, VARO decisions "disappear"..why?  How can the VARO lose its own decisions?  I have many RO decisions "missing" in my RBA.  Ditto for BVA decisions, and, even worse I got a CAVC remand, with instructions, that never made its way to my file, and that was about 5 years ago.  

When I hired Chris Attig, he sent me a "new" RBA and asked me to go over it and compare it to my old cfile copies.  There is a period, where he can "protest" the RBA, if its missing documents.  Altho I noticed missing documents, my attorney decided that the missing documents were not relevant, so we dropped it.  

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The first time I requested my c-file, I, after about 6 months, received about an inch and a half stack of paper.  I proceeded to look through it and found that it repeats itself about four times with some bits added here and there.  So, I got 4 copies of some things, and 1 of others, and mostly random order, but definitely old to new order.  Basically, a file where they just add new stuff to the front, etc.

A couple of years ago, I requested my c-file again and within 2 months received a CD rom.  I was exactly the same stuff in the same order with new (recent) stuff added up front.  Again, no order.  

So, you got to dig for what you want.  A Ctrl-F, for find, will work for somethings, but not handwritten searches.

"only way to know is to look at your file on the E-side"

What the heck is the "E-side"?  I can assume you mean evidence, but there are no sides, or order to my c-file.  

Just for fun, I am going to go look for my "Statements in Support of Claim" in my c-file.  I will let you know if I don't have them in there, but pretty sure they are there.  Can't remember.

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