VA Disability: What Is a VA C File & Why Is It So Important To My Claim?
Watch this video as VA Disability Attorney John V. Tucker describes the importance of a VA Claim File (the C-file) in a veteran’s service-connected disability benefit claim.
If you have a claim for service-connected compensation, then you need to know why your C-file is so important.
Your C- file contains all of the documents that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has on your claim for any of your service-connected disabilities. All of your records for any claim are located within your C-file. It is essentially all of the evidence that VA has about you and your disability claims. It will not automatically include your health records. If you have been treated at a VA health center, you will need to obtain those records and have them sent to the VBA to have them added into your C File. If you do have records, you need to make sure that you get them added to your C-file. Without those records, I cannot even give you a legal opinion….why? Because the C-file is the evidence the VA is considering in your VA disability claims.
This is the most important thing about your C-file. It contains your evidence.
If your claim for VA service connected disability benefits is denied, to keep your claim moving along, you should get the C file yourself. If you visit the VA website and search FOIA or Freedom of Information Act requests, you can learn how to request a copy of your C file.
You can always go to your local Regional Office in person and ask for your C-file, but make sure you file your request in writing so that you may prove the date of your request. It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to receive your C-file, but it makes things move a lot faster to have in hand when you speak to an attorney. Watch the video to learn more. Some helpful links are below:
To get your VA C-File: https://www.oprm.va.gov/foia
To get your VA medical records – MyHealth eVet: https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/anonymous.portal
To get your military service records – National Personnel Record Ctr: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html