Sep. 25, 2015

§3.159 Department of Veterans Affairs assistance in developing claims.

Ok so I'm shocked to read through these regs. This one for example, states that they will make reasonable efforts to obtain relevant records...  I'm wondering why no attempt to obtain my medical records from Womack Hospital was made.  Why, when the NARA has them and there right there did they make no attempt??? Why?????

§3.159   Department of Veterans Affairs assistance in developing claims.

Found here:  VA will make reasonable efforts to obtain relevant records

(1) Obtaining records not in the custody of a Federal department or agency. VA will make reasonable efforts to obtain relevant records not in the custody of a Federal department or agency, to include records from State or local governments, private medical care providers, current or former employers, and other non-Federal governmental sources. Such reasonable efforts will generally consist of an initial request for the records and, if the records are not received, at least one follow-up request. A follow-up request is not required if a response to the initial request indicates that the records sought do not exist or that a follow-up request for the records would be futile. If VA receives information showing that subsequent requests to this or another custodian could result in obtaining the records sought, then reasonable efforts will include an initial request and, if the records are not received, at least one follow-up request to the new source or an additional request to the original source.