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Vietnam Vet Stops Getting Benefit Checks After VA Lists Him As ‘Dead’

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Morris Scott says he has been fighting a battle with the VA to prove he is still alive. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Morris Scott says he has been fighting a battle with the VA to prove he is still alive. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A Vietnam veteran is struggling to convince the VA that he is not, in fact, dead.

Morris Scott tells WGCL-TV that the Department of Veterans Affairs listed him as deceased and stopped sending his benefit checks.

Apparently the VA confused him with his wife, Sharon, who died several months ago after a 3-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

“In March I got letter and a check, supposed to be a death check made out to Sharon Morris,” Scott said.

While the first name on that check was correct, her last name was listed as Scott’s first name.

“I took the check to the VA, turned the check into the VA to let them know I am not deceased,” Scott told the station.

Since then he has been fighting the bureaucracy to get his $701 monthly benefits reinstated. And if it doesn’t happen soon, Scott is worried about how he will keep paying his bills. “I’ll sell the television, my washer and dryers, and the car if I have to,” he said.

Scott has received two letters from the VA stating that he is not dead, and he has sent copies of his wife’s death certificate and his new VA card to officials, but has not yet been taken off the deceased list.

The Vietnam veteran said he and all vets deserve better. “Most people have no idea what real war is really all about,” Scott said. “It is hell, the enemy will use your humanity to try and defeat you with it. I have lost five men from Vietnam who committed suicide since they returned home.”

Despite the hardship, Scott remains hopeful. “It is frustrating. My hope is that the government gets back to where they need to be take care of the vets that come back home,” Scott said.

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