Does anyone know how long the DRO process takes. My attorney and I filed a NOD on the 21st day of April, 2009. I haven't received anything from the VA. Also, we requested a copy of my C-File, but we haven't received that either. My attorney said 90 days to receive my C-File and the 21st will be three months. Can anyone give me some insight, please.
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Former U.S. Army, SGT (Combat Infantry)
The DRO process takes typically 9-24 months depending on the VA Regional Office (VARO). If the DRO process does not overturn the decision, you will have an opportunity to perfect your Appeals to the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA).
The claims file (FOIA) request can take 30-90 days depending on the VARO, sometimes longer.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Rakkwarrior,
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It was at least 90 days for me to get my entire C-file. It is VERY important for you to have a full copy of your C-file. I had to point-out facts in my C-file to the VARO, many times. I made copies of pertinent pages of my C-file and sent them with an explanation to the VARO.
Thank you for your input, I guess I will continue to play the waiting game. I have requested my medical records in the past and they didn't send me any medical records from division mental health. Since my claim is psycological those records are very important. I find it funny that the records that I needed most were amazingly left out, even though I specifically requested them.
I did a search for c-files and found this post. I hope you don't mind that I continue the discussion here, considering it has been three years since the OP.
From what I gather:
The "C-File" is a claim like any other, minus the review board. So I will wait in line for the claim to be addressed. Is this correct? Or is it handled in a unique way?
I "requested" my C-File about 3 months ago but it just showed up as a new claim on 5/17/2012. Would you suggest that I wait until roughly 9/1/2012ish before inquiring about its status?
Does my C-File include VAMC records too? Or should I stop by the VAMC information window?
Upon receiving my C-File I would imagine it would be fairly organized by dates, correct? When sending back "missing" documents how do I address this to the VSR? Do I just mail in a giant packet or break everything down?
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The C-File is the C & P record of all their information on your claim. VAMC maintain separate records in their computer system.
A C-File request is either a FOI or a release of medical information, not a claim. I would wait until mid July and check. My C-File is about a foot thick. Never looked inside of it.
I just received my "C" file last night; however, it is just my medical/dental/admin record from service. I thought the "C" file was a copy of everything the VA received from me, a copy of all claim activity, and decisions. Is that correct? Did I just not word my request right?
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From a former VA rep:
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Hmm. I figured as much. Thank you. Is there a generic and straight forward "template" I can submit to request the VA's side of my c-file?
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