How can the VA scandal get worse? Tell a vet who’s alive that he’s really dead!

Amid a national scandal that resulted in the deaths of scores of veterans, the folks at the Department of Veterans Affairs did something favorable — they sent a vet’s wife a letter extending their sympathies on the death of her husband.

There was just one small problem.

Her husband, James Fales, was still very much alive. In fact, he opened the letter!

The disabled Army vet and his wife, Dee, shared their story Sunday on “Fox and Friends.”

“At first, it was kind of a shock, then it became humorous, to a point,” Fales told Fox News host Tucker Carlson, of learning that he was deceased.

To further undercut any confidence holdouts may have in the agency, Fales explained that while the benefits division of the VA listed him as deceased, he was still making doctor’s appointments through the VA health care system.

Fales said he contacted Veteran Affairs to make them aware of the mistake.

“They asked to verify who I was calling about, and I told them ‘By the way, this is me!’” he said. “And the only response I got on the phone was, ‘Oh boy.’ So now they are processing me to put me back as alive in the VA system.”

That may be easier said than done, knowing government bureaucracy as we do.

According to KFSM, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks issued a statement that said: “We do apologize and regret that this error has occurred, and want to reassure our veterans that we will work diligently to assist them in any way we are able to in order to resolve the issue.”

Fales probably isn’t willing to make their records correct any time soon.


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