More VA Incompetence: Over 4,000 Living Vets Declared Dead, Benefits Ended

Between the years 2011 and 2015, Veterans Administration officials wrongfully declared 4,201 veterans deceased and ended their benefits while they were still living, the Washington Examiner reports.

In a letter to Rep. Dave Jolly, R-Fla., who first raised the issue with the VA last year, acting Undersecretary for Benefits Danny Pummill said the VA was unable to determine why any of the veterans were accidentally listed in the agency’s records as deceased.

Pummill cited “employee error” and a glitch in the VA’s data program as potential roots of the problem.

Representative David Jolly (F,33%) said that mistaken deaths have been a “widespread problem” for the Veterans Administration.

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