“I’m still alive,” Marine says a glitch at the VA accidentally ‘killed him’
HOUSTON – An Iraq veteran says the Department of Veteran Affairs has made a mistake, listing him as deceased when he is alive and well.
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 Veteran Affairs.
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, saying he was classified as deceased on April 1.
However, Morris says he spoke with someone on April 14 to set up direct deposit after one of his disability checks was lost.
“They told me there was a computer glitch that had automatically classified me as deceased. They don’t know what happened, they said it just did it on its own,” he said.
Morris says he thought he had straightened everything out but quickly discovered the issue was far from being resolved.
He says the VA notified the Social Security Administration of his passing, at the same time he and his wife were in the process of buying a new home.
“Now, it’s hard to get a loan for a home because none of the credit agencies have me as alive. They have me as deceased,” said Morris.
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,” he said.
The VA says they are looking into the situation.