Burn Pits and Military Working Dogs - VA Study

Brian Sparks filed this request with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-08348-F
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From: Brian Sparks

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records of the Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service review of health records of military working dogs who have been exposed to burn pits in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Sparks

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Dear Mr. Sparks,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your September 16, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeking “Any and all records of the Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service review of health records of military working dogs who have been exposed to burn pits in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.”
The FOIA Service received your request on September 17, 2015, and assigned it tracking number 15-08348-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with the VA about this request.
The records you seek are not located in this office. The records, if they exist, would most likely be maintained by the Veterans Health Administration. Therefore, we are redirecting your request to that office for action. If you have any questions about the status of your request, please contact them directly at the address below:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration (10P2C1)
FOIA Office
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 Email: vha2@va.gov<mailto:vha2@va.gov> / Fax: 202-273-9381

This concludes the FOIA Service’s response to you.

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sincerely,

Diane Cooke
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7582
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: Cephas, Tracy

Good Afternoon Mr. Sparks,

Attached to this message is VHA’s acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. Ms. Kellie Robinson will be processing your request and her contact information is listed on the attached letter. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you.

V/R,

Mrs. Tracy R. Cephas, Staff Assistant
VHA Central Office FOIA Office (10P2C1)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Office: 202-461-5879
Fax: 202-273-9387
Email: Tracy.Cephas@va.gov<mailto:Tracy.Cephas@va.gov>
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“I am a Disabled Army Veteran and former Army Civilian and I CARE!”

From: Robinson, Kellie

Mr. Sparks:

The purpose of this email is to communicate VHA's response of your September 9, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Attached is the initial agency decision letter and the enclosure of responsive records.

I would appreciate your confirmation of delivery of this message. If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Kellie N. Robinson
VHA FOIA Officer
Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance Office
Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, NW (10P2C1)
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 461-5876

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