VA wrongly tells veterans they’re dead, cuts off benefits – Veterans Today


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VADUNEDIN, Fla. — Mike Rieker, a 69-year-old Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, relies on his Veterans Affairs benefits to get him through the month.

That’s why the Pinellas County, Florida, resident was alarmed when his VA check didn’t show up in his bank account Monday. He called the Department of Veterans Affairs office to find out why, and their response was stunning: The benefits had been suspended because he was dead.

“Well, I’m not,” Rieker retorted. “I woke up this morning and I’m feeling rather chipper, in fact.”

As it turns out, Rieker is one of six Tampa Bay area residents who were getting veterans benefits, but then were declared dead — despite being very much alive.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who represents a section of Florida’s Gulf Coast near Tampa, said he’s handled a total of five such cases in the past 18 months, and a neighboring congressman in the Tampa Bay area received a similar call as well.



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One Response to “VA wrongly tells veterans they’re dead, cuts off benefits

  1. My sister-in-law worked for a VA hospital for 30+ years. Part of her routine job right up to her retirement a few weeks ago was to call outpatients (the term she used) and cancel appointments some had waited a long time to get. Doctors would decide not to come in or go on vacation without another doctor to care for their patients. I asked her what about the inpatients, those staying at the hospital? Her answer, they’d have to take care of them and by “they” she meant her and other women that weren’t even nurses.

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