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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Veterans Health Care: Call Kurtis Investigates: VA Declares Hundreds of Veterans Dead By Mistake

Under the Freedom of Information Act, CBS13 requested federal documents indicating exactly how many veterans had been deleted from the system, severing their benefits and triggering notification letters to the families of the veterans.

“I was like, ‘What? Is this saying I’m dead?’” recalled veteran Kate Owens, who served in the Army for 26 years.

Owens discovered her VA account had been deleted April 26 — when a letter addressed to her husband announced she had died.

“I had to refocus,” she said.
The national office told her she’d need to submit documents proving she wasn’t dead, she said.
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