An 82-year-old Korean War veteran in Henry County, Georgia, was recently pronounced dead by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The thing is, the man was not in the least bit dead, and he was in desperate need of his veteran's benefits at the time they were cut off.
Lost Veteran Benefits When He Needed Them Most
The man lost his veteran benefits after his wife passed away and his health began to decline rapidly. According to his family, the man is not doing well and is currently bed-ridden in a nursing home. At this time, it is unknown why the Department of Veteran Affairs would make such a mistake.
The man's family had to go to the media before his veteran's benefits would be re-instated. His granddaughter tried to call Veteran Affairs to get him reclassified as living, but the VA continued to insist that he had passed away. When she did not see any evidence that the VA was taking action to resolve the matter, she began calling the department over and over again. She said that she called approximately 100 different phone numbers, but everyone forwarded her to speak with someone else to no avail.
In the end, the woman contacted a local television station in Georgia. The station ran a story about the problem last Thursday night and not long after the story aired, the VA forwarded a notice to the station that it had corrected the problem. The statement said that the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had looked over the matter and corrected it so that the Korean War veteran could once again receive his compensation benefits. The statement also said that the department regretted any inconvenience caused to the man.
A Veterans Law Attorney Can Help
While this story has a happy ending, it highlights the problem of how difficult it can be to deal with government bureaucracies, especially the Department of Veterans Affairs. In cases like this, it is important for veterans and their families to remember that they have legal avenues available if they are being unjustly denied benefits. Sometimes, all it takes is a letter from a veterans law attorney to resolve such matters. In other situations, litigation may be required.
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