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C&P Reports and VBMS Access

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RBrogen

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Hi Everyone,

It's been a hot minute since I've been on but hope all are doing well.  I've been assisting a few vets with the claims process and I have a 75 y/o Vietnam vet how has a lot of scars secondary to heart operation that is currently service connected.  We filed for his scars back in May 2022, after multiple C&Ps, he got a decision on 12/23/2022 that service connected every scar with "0% rating - Final Decision Deferred".  When I was going throught the process, about 3-4 weeks after the C&P my report would be uploaded to myhealthvet.com Blue Button records.  This vet has can't seem to get the VA to upload anything to his account and he keeps getting bounced around and now was forced to file a FOIA for the C&P reports.  What a damn crock of crap forcing vets to damn near sue to get their own C&P reports.  Anyway, I digress, I had read that if we contact an accredited VSO who has access to the VBMS system that they could download and send him the C&P reports (obviously with the appropriate 21-22a completed).  I wanted to gut check the vast experience here to see if anyone else is; having the same issues getting records and/or have ever been able to get records from accredited VSO?

Thanks in advance,

Randy

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I did the privacy act request and they sent a letter stating a CD was coming, and that was 2 months ago.  Prior to that it was 4 months,so we will see

As for the above, I did try and they told me this is the way it has to be done.  They could be wrong, who knows.  Maybe someone else had better luck

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Yeah that's why the like you to do Privacy Act request because they don't have a legal time to reply.  I would recommend doing a FOIA to the VBA Claims and Evidence Intake Ceter because legally they are supposed to respond in 20 business days and when they don't (because most likely they won't) then you file a FOIA Appeal to the same place and that will usually get some results.  If you still  have issues, check out the FOIA Public Liaison information:  https://www.oprm.va.gov/docs/foia/VACO_FOIA_Offices_Contact_List.pdf

 

 

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It's set up that way to leave the veteran in the dark what was put in there file.

I will take about 6 months or more before a veteran can get a copy of the comp exam. Now.

It will be used an you no longer get to see if it was done right.

All done to prolong the process.

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