VA accidentally lists Marine as deceased
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:16:27 GMT —
CNN -- An Iraq veteran said the Department of Veteran Affairs has made a mistake by listing him as deceased, when he is alive and well in Houston.
Every month for the past seven years, Joe Morris, a U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, has been receiving a disability check from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two months ago, the veteran received a bizarre phone call that changed everything.
"My mom called me up and said, 'Hey, you're dead.' I said, 'No, I'm not," said Morris.
The VA sent his parents a condolence letter. Morris said he was classified as deceased on April 1 -- even though he spoke to somone on the14th to setup direct diposit after one of his disability checks seemed to have gotten lost.
"They told me there was a computer glitch that had automatically classified me as deceased. They said they don't know what happened; it just did it on its own."
Morris thought he'd straightened everything out, but quickly discovered that the issue was far from being resolved.
The VA had notified the Social Security Administration of his passing -- right as he and his wife were in the process of buying a new home.
"Now it's hard to get a loan because none of the credit agencies have me as alive; they have me as deceased."
He's getting his checks again, but his wife is still getting condolence letters.
"I want it corrected. I want somebody to let the Social Security Administration know I'm still alive. I don't want this to happen to anybody else."
KPRC contacted the VA. They say they are looking into it.