One of the first tasks I have as an attorney when I represent a veteran or their family is to obtain a copy of their "c-file." The c-file is a copy of their VA record, which should include their service medical records, VA treatment records, procedural claim history, and other important documents.
Most of the time, Veterans do not have their own copy of the file. Unfortunately, the VA is incredibly slow at processing a request for a Veteran's file. Many times, it can take 6-12 months to get a copy of the file. Due to these delays, I have filed a federal lawsuit asking the Federal Courts to order the VA to produce c-files in a timely manner. I am optimistic that this suit (and others filed around the country) will encourage the VA to speed up the process times.
Finally, many times the c-file is incomplete or missing important documents. In those cases, it is important that your attorney fully review the file. All of my file reviews are personally done by me to ensure that I know exactly what evidence we need to win the claim.
Veterans have been continuously promised the delays and backlog in processing claims would be eliminated. Since I began assisting clients, I hear every year form the VA how they are trying to eliminate the severe delays. Unfortunately, the delays still exist.
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