Living Navy Veteran Loses Retirement Benefits Because VA Thought He Was Dead

"What?" Navy Veteran thought dead
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Something very unexpected happened to a U.S. Navy veteran and his wife recently. Fox8 News reported that the couple received a very strange letter in the mail leading to a good amount of confusion.

Chris Sullivan retired from the U.S. Navy eight years ago with medals for his service. Due to problems with his back, Sullivan is rated 100 percent service-disabled, but the Veterans Administration (VA) had a little mix-up about his status. In fact, they stopped his benefits because, somehow, they got the idea he was dead!

As if this wasn’t enough, they even cut off his military retirement. It was a strange thing for Veleria Sullivan to read a letter beginning with “Dear Ms. Sullivan, we’re sorry for the loss of your husband,” when her husband was sitting next to her alive and well.

Adding insult to injury, It took weeks of back-and-forth communication to convince the VA that Chris Sullivan was in fact alive. Even after accepting their mistake, the VA informed him that fixing the two months of Navy retirement he lost was “a process” and could take some time. Read the bizarre full story here.

It’s a shame this Navy veteran lost benefits due to some bureaucrat’s error. It’s also a shame that many Americans who gave so much during WW II and Korea do not get the benefits they deserve. That’s why we support a bill we call The Greatest Generation Benefits Act. Learn more about this important legislation here. For the latest updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.