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Hi,

I just received the second copy of my C file, this one from the BVA. It does not have half the info the first one did, has mulitple copies of the sames pages, has info that previous file did not, doesn't have info the previous file did, etc; This file came in a small box while the other came in a huge box. How do I get the actual COMPLETE file? I'm at a loss here as to why the VA is not sending this to me.

Has anyone else had this problem?????

Thanks..and thanks for this great site!

Susan

South Carolina

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How long did it take for you to get? I put in a request about 6 weeks ago.

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About 6-7 weeks..you should be getting yours anytime now. I think you can also call to check status.

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If you read my signature you will see that its a common problem. You need to compare the files you have with the BVA copy and reconstruct it. How can they make a decision with what they sent you?

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Thanks, Pete, that's going to be quite a job..BVA sent 900 pages, regional was twice the size.

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Get some small sized post it stickies and work a short time each day or consistently but don't get to tired. In other words break it up.

I suggest that you start with the most complete and match what they both have and than start plugging the holes.

You can do it.

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Sounds overwhelming..

I don't know how much time I have..my case has been at the BVA since March 2007.

Isn't the whole file supposed to be transferred to Washington?

The American Legion in Washington currently has my file and I had talked to a rep there before I got the C file.

Don't like bothering him but should I call and tell him the file appears incomplete?

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I would wait on the C File but you can call 800 827 1000 and ask where your C File is. In 1995 I had appealed and mine sat on a DAV desk for 2 years.

You could also call the BVA and ask them when your claim will be adjudicated. It must be fairly close.

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I can't say I am glad someone else has experienced similar problems in obtaining their complete c-file. It discusts me to see it continues to occur. Why is it the VA employs such inadequate people? This is inexcusable! I previously posted numerous attempts of requests for my records and like you would receive partials/repeat copies/blank sheets labeled copies/sections and pages missing...all requested under the FOIA.

Finally I called the VARO and set up an appointment to rewiew and retrieve all of my records...well they sat me at a desk with a va employee watching me go over all the files/folders and marking my missing papers finally they said we can't pay someone to watch you and I asked as I did at the beginning for copies and they told me the copier was broken! 4 story building and one copier. I c/o to manager he said they would mail complete file to me shortly. Took a week and I got copies...don't know if some are missing still. Can not remember all from 1968-70's.

First I set up category's ie medical-smr; training; admission/discharge records; evaluation/promotions; dental; immunizations; awards; etc then placed them in date order, then rule out repeat copies...the task is not simple but breaking it down to these sequences allows you to compartmentalize. Small steps do not overwhelm you, and allows you to do a little each time and not feel so stressed with such large amounts of paper information.

Don't forget to do the same with all info sent and date wise too. The same is true of medical records from others and employment records, buddy letters...all of these things need to be broken down as well as tx records from VA and elsewhere.

It is not going to be easy or fast to do but you will be able to discover what they have, and maybe what they don't have and need to find in favor of your claim.

Take a deep breath, start slow, don't get discouraged, take breaks, and secure your claim with the info. Good luck. <_<

Hi,

I just received the second copy of my C file, this one from the BVA. It does not have half the info the first one did, has mulitple copies of the sames pages, has info that previous file did not, doesn't have info the previous file did, etc; This file came in a small box while the other came in a huge box. How do I get the actual COMPLETE file? I'm at a loss here as to why the VA is not sending this to me.

Has anyone else had this problem?????

Thanks..and thanks for this great site!

Susan

South Carolina

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Thanks for the advice. I started getting the 900 page one in order by date yesterday. Got soooo frustrated that I had to set it aside. Just briefly scanning through it looks like lots of medical info missing from hospital admissions, etc. There's also some new papers in the one from Washington that werent in the one from Columbia. I'm worried that Columbia didn't send the complete file to Washington or maybe Washington just didn't send the complete file to me. I might call them before I spend days doing this.

Just so damn stressful.......

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Just so damn stressful....... ?

It really makes me sick trying to organize all those papers.

Why is it when records are lost, missing, misplaced or shreaded, they are mostly medical records and most of the time, just what you need to really nail your claim down? For some reason, I don't think it's the ink or paper.

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Just so damn stressful....... ?

It really makes me sick trying to organize all those papers.

Why is it when records are lost, missing, misplaced or shreaded, they are mostly medical records and most of the time, just what you need to really nail your claim down? For some reason, I don't think it's the ink or paper.

Anything I send the VA on my claims is indexed on the cover page. Then I number all pages, mail the stuff return receipt requested after keeping a copy.

hopefully down the road should those pages not be used in my case they can't say they didn't get it.

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Have you filed claims since your appeal to BVA? If so, you have a temporary file at the Regional Office. Once your file is certified to BVA nothing can be added to that file. New evidence that you send in the VA is keep in your temporary file. In order to have a complete file you have to consolidate them both.

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Have you filed claims since your appeal to BVA? If so, you have a temporary file at the Regional Office. Once your file is certified to BVA nothing can be added to that file. New evidence that you send in the VA is keep in your temporary file. In order to have a complete file you have to consolidate them both.

Sharon,

I have to disagree.

carlie

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2008/jul...8cfr20.1304.htm

PART 20_BOARD OF VETERANS' APPEALS: RULES OF PRACTICE--Table of Contents

Subpart N_Miscellaneous

Sec. 20.1304 Rule 1304. Request for change in representation, request for

personal hearing, or submission of additional evidence following certification

of an appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals.

(a) Request for a change in representation, request for a personal

hearing, or submission of additional evidence within 90 days following

notification of certification and transfer of records.

An appellant and his or her representative, if any, will be granted a period of 90 days

following the mailing of notice to them that an appeal has been certified to the Board for

appellate review and that the appellate record has been transferred to the Board,

or until the date the appellate decision is promulgated by the Board of Veterans' Appeals,

whichever comes first, during which they may submit a request for a personal hearing,

additional evidence, or a request for a change in representation.

Any such request or additional evidence must be submitted directly to the Board and not to the agency of original jurisdiction.

The date of mailing of the letter of notification will be presumed to be the same as the

date of that letter for purposes of determining whether the request was timely made

or the evidence was timely submitted.

Any evidence which is submitted at a hearing on appeal which was requested during such period will be considered to have been received during such period, even though the hearing may be held following the expiration of the period.

Any pertinent evidence submitted by the appellant or representative is subject to the requirements of paragraph (d) of this section if a simultaneously contested claim is involved.

(b) Subsequent request for a change in representation, request for a

personal hearing, or submission of additional evidence--

(1) General rule. Subject to the exception in paragraph (b)(2) of this section,

following the expiration of the period described in paragraph (a) of

this section, the Board of Veterans' Appeals will not accept a request

for a change in representation, a request for a personal hearing, or

additional evidence except when the appellant demonstrates on motion

that there was good cause for the delay.

Examples of good cause include, but are not limited to,

illness of the appellant or the representative

which precluded action during the period; death of an individual

representative; illness or incapacity of an individual representative

which renders it impractical for an appellant to continue with him or

her as representative; withdrawal of an individual representative; the

discovery of evidence that was not available prior to the expiration of

the period; and delay in transfer of the appellate record to the Board

which precluded timely action with respect to these matters.

Such motions must be in writing and must include the name of the veteran; the

name of the claimant or appellant if other than the veteran (e.g., a

veteran's survivor, a guardian, or a fiduciary appointed to receive VA

benefits on an individual's behalf); the applicable Department of

Veterans Affairs file number; and an explanation of why the request for

a change in representation, the request for a personal hearing, or the

submission of additional evidence could not be accomplished in a timely

manner.

Such motions must be filed at the following address: Director,

Management and Administration (01E), Board of Veterans' Appeals, 810

Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Depending upon

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the ruling on the motion, action will be taken as follows:

(i) Good cause not shown. If good cause is not shown, the request

for a change in representation, the request for a personal hearing, or

the additional evidence submitted will be referred to the agency of

original jurisdiction upon completion of the Board's action on the

pending appeal without action by the Board concerning the request or

additional evidence.

Any personal hearing granted as a result of a request so referred or any additional evidence so referred may be treated by that agency as the basis for a reopened claim, if

appropriate.

If the Board denied a benefit sought in the pending appeal and any evidence so referred

which was received prior to the date of the Board's decision, or testimony presented at

a hearing resulting from a request for a hearing so referred, together with the evidence

already of record, is subsequently found to be the basis of an allowance of that

benefit, the effective date of the award will be the same as if the

benefit had been granted by the Board as a result of the appeal which

was pending at the time that the hearing request or additional evidence

was received.

(ii) Good cause shown. If good cause is shown, the request for a

change in representation or for a personal hearing will be honored. Any

pertinent evidence submitted by the appellant or representative will be

accepted, subject to the requirements of paragraph (d) of this section

if a simultaneously contested claim is involved.

(2) If the Board obtains evidence or considers law not considered by

the agency of original jurisdiction.

The motion described in paragraph

(b)(1) of this section is not required to submit evidence in response to

the notice described in paragraph (a) or (b) of Rule 903 (paragraph (a)

or (b) of Sec. 20.903 of this part).

© Consideration of additional evidence by the Board or by the

agency of original jurisdiction. Any pertinent evidence submitted by the

appellant or representative which is accepted by the Board under the

provisions of this section, or is submitted by the appellant or

representative in response to a Sec. 20.903 of this part, notification,

as well as any such evidence referred to the Board by the agency of

original jurisdiction under Sec. 19.37(b) of this chapter, must be

referred to the agency of original jurisdiction for review, unless this

procedural right is waived by the appellant or representative, or unless

the Board determines that the benefit or benefits to which the evidence

relates may be fully allowed on appeal without such referral.

Such a waiver must be in writing or, if a hearing on appeal is conducted, the

waiver must be formally and clearly entered on the record orally at the

time of the hearing. Evidence is not pertinent if it does not relate to

or have a bearing on the appellate issue or issues.

(d) Simultaneously contested claims. In simultaneously contested

claims, if pertinent evidence which directly affects payment, or

potential payment, of the benefit sought is submitted by any claimant

and is accepted by the Board under the provisions of this section, the

substance of such evidence will be mailed to each of the other claimants

who will then have 60 days from the date of mailing of notice of the new

evidence within which to comment upon it and/or submit additional

evidence in rebuttal.

For matters over which the Board does not have original jurisdiction, a waiver of initial agency of original jurisdiction consideration of pertinent additional evidence received by

the Board must be obtained from each claimant in accordance with

paragraph © of this section.

The date of mailing of the letter of notification of the new evidence will be presumed to be the same as the date of that letter for purposes of determining whether such comment or

evidence in rebuttal was timely submitted. No further period will be

provided for response to such comment or rebuttal evidence.

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Any new evidence that I have submitted, since my appeal, has been mailed directly to Washington. I am in touch with a rep through the American Legion there. He specifically asked me to send the info to him. My new evidence will stay in Washington and never go to regional as I have requested a Waiver of the office of jurisdition. I'm in South Carolina...too many papers shredded here..I no longer trust them.

I do have a question. I was under the impression that appeals were heard in docket number order but that doesn't seem to be the case. Does anyone know if this is correct or not?

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Clarification: I was talking about information for a new claim, if any. After reading what I wrote it does look confusing. :P

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Just so damn stressful....... ?

It really makes me sick trying to organize all those papers.

Why is it when records are lost, missing, misplaced or shreaded, they are mostly medical records and most of the time, just what you need to really nail your claim down? For some reason, I don't think it's the ink or paper.

Hey Allan,

it is happening to me now also. it does seem so odd that the items missing or not included in the history/illness section just happens to be the medical tests and impressions that are supportive of the illness. and the things that are included give rise to the proverbial question, WTF!

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I am a little confused here-on BVA submissions

I certainly sent the BVA additional medical evidence -most recently in late March and got their award in April.

In every evidentiary submission I made to the BVA I also raised the VCAA errors made by the RO when they initially received my original 2003 claim.I made every submission clear as to how these errors had been prejudicial to me and that I wanted my statements in the BVA record for the CAVC (where I didnt expect it to go anyhow)

I sent VA medical evidence throughout the entire 6 years it took them to award-and certainly sent it to the BVA after the BVA docketed my case.

Oddly enough -although I had just paid for another IMO- which I did not receive prior to the BVA award-(they gave me a partial refund when I called them up to hold off)

I also had sent to the BVA 2 weeks before their decision a prime facie bit of medical evidence that I had overlooked for 6 years.

A medical word that I had never looked up-thinking it was not relevant.

Geez-

I should have looked it up 6 years ago!

Prime facie evidence to award- and the BVA didn't mention it-but it sure supported my 3 IMOs.

The CAVC cannot accept more evidence but the BVA sure can.

It is imperative to get everything into the record because if the BVA denies- CAVC will only look for legal errors that BVA made and sometimes make an award- nopt often, and usually they will remand the claim if legal errors occurred or deny it again and uphold the BVA decision.

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sjh

IMHO this disparity betwen your Cfile from one date to the next is evidence of shredding. The documents that were in your file, but are now missing, have likely been shredded.

You need to file a "Special Claims Handling" request, and point out that some of your evidence was mishandled, and why you think so. The VA is required to give you special consideration up to Nov. 19 of this year. For more information, see this:

http://www.vawatchdog.org/VAshredderscandal.htm

Especially see this one:

http://www.vawatchdog.org/09/nf09/nfmar09/nf031509-3.htm

You still have time.

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This thread has given me even more reason to trust the fidelity, and abilities of our good friends at the VA. What a bunch of sincere caring folks to share thier gratitude for our service to our country by handling our affairs with such accuracy, and integrity.

Oh I feel so warm and fuzzy inside.

BTW do you know where your jar of vaseline is?

(rant over)

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Hi,

I just received the second copy of my C file, this one from the BVA. It does not have half the info the first one did, has mulitple copies of the sames pages, has info that previous file did not, doesn't have info the previous file did, etc; This file came in a small box while the other came in a huge box. How do I get the actual COMPLETE file? I'm at a loss here as to why the VA is not sending this to me.

Has anyone else had this problem?????

Thanks..and thanks for this great site!

Susan

South Carolina

Susan,

This is Loma Linda Bill and I had the same problem and i finally wrote my congressman and i finally got it let me know if this helps it did for me you can e-mail me at

wm_thurman@yahoo.com

and let me know

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I requested my C-file back in October. It would be really nice if they would send a copy to me so I can figure out what is missing... B)

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I requested my C-file back in October. It would be really nice if they would send a copy to me so I can figure out what is missing... :)

FYI..I would follow that request up with a phone call to your regional to make sure they got your request. It took two tries for me as they said they never received my first request. Oddly, a copy of my first request letter was in the C file when I finally received it.

It's been almost a year and I still have not sorted through the C file from the BVA to see what all is missing. It just became too much for me one day and I packed everything up and threw it in a box. Even now, reading this thread gives me anxiety. I wonder if they realize what they put us through? Being a caregiver since 1991 until my husband died in 2006 has taken it's toll on me both mentally and physically. Now with this appeal still hanging over my head it has put my life on hold. I was told a year ago that my appeal would be heard within a year. Now I'm told it will be another year and with that news they had the nerve to tell me to consider it a windfall if I won.

I really feel like I'm being pounded into the ground. In the beginning I said I'd never give up but I'm really close to reaching that point if I haven't already. Sorry to ramble, just needed to vent to someone out there.

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Never give up. Work on your claim on a regular basis. Ask for help here on Hadit and use your Service Officer to help you.

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After requesting a total of 3 different times we finally got our C-file, we sent it in writing via certified mail and it contained over 2000 + pages, my husband had been fighting the VA since 2001. I started to go over the C-file and to my surprise there is a letter in there from Washington to local regional offices regarding employees throwing away peoples information that they are sending in. I find it funny that I never received this letter yet it was in our file like we were notified of the problem. Out of 93 pieces of mail that were in the shred bin 33 pieces of mail was stuff that was not supposed to be disposed of, new claims, birth certificates and other critical case information. This is just a fine example of how our local regional offices help make that back log so long since they are throwing our responses in the trash.

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I found in my C-file, that of two appt's with podiatry, the same podiatrist actually copied and pasted the exact same thing he had written the prior year. I don't know what I should do, report it? I also just got appproved 100% PTSD, but one of the ratings for my deviated septum (which is rated at 0%) the ENT in depth exam said approximately 50 percent blockage in left nostril greater than right....well, when I had my comp and pen, the Dr. looked up each nostril a total of 5 seconds and in the ratings decision that came back it said 20% blockage in one nostril, none in other. I have compiled those two reports together and am thinking about sending them to my congresswoman. This Dr. needs to be fired for basically minimizing symptoms IMO, any opinions on this? Thanks

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