Veterans sue VA for withholding requested medical files

A group of veterans has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs claiming the agency is not turning over medical records that will allow them to receive disability benefits, according to a Daily Press report.

The veterans seek either supplemental income from a fund related to combat injuries or a review board that could grant them a higher disability rating and therefore receive more benefits, according to the report.

The VA, according to the report, allegedly has not given the veterans their records, and there is no clear reason why this is so. One of the veterans has waited 25 months to receive his records, according to the report.

The filed lawsuit asks a judge to order VA to produce the records within 20 days, according to the report.

According to a Government Executive report, a spokeswoman for the VA said the department could not comment on the complaint as it had yet to receive a copy of it.

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