Vet to VA: 'I'm not dead'

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:58am

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 service-connected disability check from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Two months ago came the bizarre phone call that changed everything.

"My mom called me up and said, 'Hey, you're dead.' I said, 'No, I'm not,'" Morris said.

The V.A. had sent his parents a condolence letter. Morris said he was classified as deceased on April 1, even though he spoke to someone on the 14th to set up direct deposit after one of his disability checks seemed to have gotten lost.

"They told me there was a computer glitch that had automatically classified me as deceased. They said they don't know what happened it just did it on its own," Morris said.

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