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  1. tomio

    Chris,followed your instructions and even used your pro forma letter to submit my FOIA request for my cfile. That was back in Feb 2016. Soon after their 20 day window, VA acknowledged receipt of my request and told me that they are in the process of putting it on a cd. When I look at ebenefits, they say that action will be completed between may 2018 and may 2019. No Chris, FOIA and it’s time requirements mean nothing to the VA. Suing them in court? Sure I might get my cfile sooner, but you think they will treat someone who sued them fairly on my pending NOD? I fear not. I will personally ask you about this when you speak to us at our Utapao reunion on Tucson next month unless you care to address this earlier

    • Chris Attig

      You have to sue under FOIA or the requests have no teeth.

      My firm has sued them multiple times under FOIA, and we have never suffered negative consequences because of that. That said, email me at and I may be able to get you info that can get it to you quicker. Remind of the facts you shared above in this post.

      See you at the Utapao reunion!! I think I’m speaking there September 29th


  2. Roger D. Deal

    I first filed for VA benifits 27 months ago. I have an evaluation at their office in Asheville NC May 6. I have been under physicriatiic care for about 4years. Any information you could forward would be appreciated . Three year Vietnam vet 1LT. Thanking you in advance

  3. mark soderquist

    How and where do I get this “C file”?

  4. Betsy Odell

    LOD/service-connected, disabled female Vet(MST/PTSD) on the brink so I started volunteering at a homeless facility just for young Veterans. Been there 8 months, was made Commander of the Volunteer Squadron and work for a retired Marine Col. and his sweet wife. I put EVERYTHING into helping these guys. But I hurt and I bury myself in research. I came upon this site- some is quite different about YOU. At this point, and as I told Congressman Jeff Miller Aug. 19th at Five STAR where I volunteer and he visited for a town meeting, for my it’s about honoring Ruth Moore’s legacy. It took this courageous Vet 20 years to get her justice(100%). Will you consider representing me? Wealth is not my goal. Reciprocity is! Betsy Odell [phone number deleted]

    • Chris Attig


      Your volunteer work sounds very rewarding. I’m glad this site is helping.

      As for representation, you’ll have to request a consultation using the links on the page.


  5. Jim Moten

    Obtained my C-File found a document,not sure of the VA form#, but it was a on exit document from the Marine Corps review board that looks like they clearly got the diagnosis of my congenital condition correct,assigned the initial 10% rating on exit and indicated at least 3X pre-existed but was “aggravated by military service”,injury ocurred while entitled to basic pay,injury did not ocurr in a UA status,injury did not ocurr on my own time. They actually have stuff “x’d ” out and have the word “aggravated” typed in its place? I’m confused. Isn’t this the smoking gun that should service connect my congenital condition that was aggravated by military service. I have spondylolisthesis, no previous history of back probs, 12 wks MC boot camp, 4 PFT’s maintained 1st class ranking(225)heard ‘pop’ in my back helping power plant remove jet engine from F4 on a dolly after being directed to assist from shop NCOIC GSGT. The form is dated Sept 1980 I was discharged(honorable)Oct 1980.

    • Chris Attig

      Jim – I would be happy to take a look at that document and see if I can make heads-or-tails of it. I’ve seen stuff similar to that before, but not exactly as you’re describing. Anyway, email it to me at chris at attiglawfirm dot com as a PDF attachment if you can, and I’ll give you my 2 cents. (unless you are already represented by an attorney, and then I recommend you go to them, first).

      –Chris A



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