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Texas Marine Mistakenly Listed As Deceased By Veterans Affairs

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 11:17 AM CDT

An Iraq veteran says the Department of Veteran Affairs has made a mistake, listing him as deceased, when he is alive and well, living 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 VA. But two months ago he 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 had sent his parents a condolence letter. Morris says he was classified as deceased on April 1, even though he spoke to someone on the 14th to set up direct deposit 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," said Morris.

Morris thought he'd straightened everything out but quickly discovered the issue was far from being resolved. He says 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 for home because none of the credit agencies have me as alive. They have me as deceased," said Morris.

Morris is 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," said Morris.

The VA says it is looking into the situation. 

Texas Marine Mistakenly Listed As Deceased By Veterans Affairs


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