I have had plenty of military retirees explain to me the bureaucratic nightmares they have had with the VA but this has to be the worse yet:
Despite rumors to the contrary, Army veteran Jerry Miller is still very much alive.
“I’m alive. I’m very alive,” Miller told WESH 2 News.
The U.S. Veterans Administration has declared him dead four times, but Miller, a Brevard County resident, has refuted the claims.
“To me, it’s stupid. I can’t die but one time. They have killed me four times,” he said.
Miller, a former drill sergeant, served 10 years in the Army. He said he lives on a government pension and Social Security.
The confusion started in July 2010 when he received a letter addressed to his estate that expressed sympathy for his death and politely explained that, as a dead man, he was not eligible for the veterans benefits he was paid.
Miller said he informed the VA that he was still alive, and his benefits were restarted. But the letters kept coming, each one stopping his benefits.
“I’m alive, you see. This can’t keep going on and on,” Miller said.
He said a letter came this month – addressed to his estate – requesting repayment of more than $94,000 in benefits he shouldn’t have received, because he was dead, and that it included polite instructions how to make the payment.
Since he was enlisted for only 10 years it is probably a disability pension he is receiving. I have to assume that the VA must have some kind of computerized system that has him confused with someone else that died thus cutting his pension. A actual person at the VA could not possibly be stupid enough to have caused this I hope?