VA Claims Information
STEP 10: AFTER YOUR CLAIM HAS BEEN SUBMITTED
Just some brief final suggestions
This is the file that is created to hold your claim. In it will go all information gathered by the VA including C&P exams, doctor records, military documents, and other information as needed.
Under the FOIA you are entitled to receive a copy of your C-File or parts thereof.
Be sure to mention the Freedom of Information Act in the letter itself. The letter has to come from the veteran or his appointed person.
You will eventually have appointments with doctors who evaluate your condition(s). These doctors will write up their findings and submit them to the adjudicator.
After a couple of months have passed since the exams, you can request a copy of these evaluations (See Freedom of Information Act above). It probably takes about that long for the information to end up in your file. Getting a copy of these evaluations will allow you to see what the doctor(s) findings were.
If after a lot of time has passed (the VA or rep can give you a ballpark idea as to what constitutes a lot of time) and you have heard nothing from anyone, you can contact your Congressman or Congresswoman asking for assistance. They have people who can help you find out the status of your claim.
WARNING: Every time you ask for this kind of help, the file will get pulled to see what is happening. It could delay the findings because the claim is not being worked when a rep is investigating it.
Another note concerning submitting information after you have submitted your claim and medical records:
Do not send duplicates of the records already submitted unless you know FOR A FACT that these records were not received.
Every time duplicate records are submitted, the adjudicator must sort through the duplicates and compare with what is already submitted. These duplicates are not discarded. Instead they are mailed back to you. The more time spent in sorting and comparing, the less time spent on research. The bigger the file of papers, the more to sort and again less time spent on research.
You, the "traveller," must decide your path. Like every quest, the road is not easy with a lot of obstacles in your way. The "undiscover'd country" is a difficult land to traverse. If you use these Steps as your guide map, your way will hopefully be less hazardous. As everyone knows, without a map, the "traveller" can be lost, sometimes forever.
Good Journey and God Bless