Could you imagine being 89-years-old being a World War 2 Veteran who has lived with wartime disability for nearly 60 years and out of no where the VA decides to pick a fight with you? Joseph Teson, of Watervliet, N.Y survived the D-Day invasion and has now been told that he has had his monthly compensation reduced to $6.00 per month.
He is accusing officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of cutting his monthly veterans benefits from $300 down to $6 a month because of what they call an overpayment.
Teson said he never noticed the $3,000 in over payments sent to him by the department because they were sent over a period of time not in one lump sum.
“I don’t know how they did it, but they did it,” Teson told local station WNYT. “I didn’t say nothing. I just let it go. Everybody else complained but me.”
He received a letter in 2013 notifying him that his “entitlement to compensation and pension benefits had changed.” That change resulted in the overpayment.
“Since you are currently receiving VA benefits, we plan to withhold those benefits until the amount you were overpaid is recouped,” the letter sent out on June 9, 2013, stated.
“They’re taking money from my father, and he deserves (the money),” said Teson’s son, Michael. “He fought in the war for it. They’re giving him $6 per month. He can’t live on that.”
Teson and his wife are still getting by on pension and social security benefits and a little help from their children. Could you imagine being 89-years-old having to try and get a hold of the VA for anything? Many of the younger men and women applying for VA benefits today are having a difficult time in the system.
Recently the VA came under fire after allegations of neglect surfaced where over 40 veterans from a Phoenix area care center died after being put off by the department.
Here is what CNN reported:
t least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.
The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.