WWII Veteran Who Participated in D-Day Gets Benefits Reduced from $300 to $6/Month

Why would the government do that?

You may remember from earlier in April that Bob Allen wrote about incidents of missing tax refunds. People weren’t getting them. It turned out that the government had determined they had overpaid Social Security benefits and was now collecting what they claimed they were owed. In at least one case, they were collecting from an adult child what had allegedly been overpaid to the parent decades earlier. It seemed arbitrary and unjust and the government backed down after the story hit the internet.

This incident seems similar. Fox News reports:

An 89-year-old Navy veteran who came under heavy enemy fire aboard a landing craft on D-Day is accusing bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs of slashing his veterans’ benefits to $6 a month from $300.

Joseph Teson, of Watervliet, N.Y., told WNYT-TV he used to get $300 a month in benefits, about a third of which he would donate to veterans groups. He said the VA cut his benefits to recoup an overpayment of more than $3,000 that he never even noticed.

“I don’t know how they did it, but they did it,” Teson, 89, told the Albany station Saturday. “I didn’t say nothing. I just let it go. Everybody else complained but me.”

Teson was notified of the overpayment last year. The VA sent him a letter saying his “entitlement to compensation and pension benefits had changed,” resulting in an overpayment to him of $3,090.

“Since you are currently receiving VA benefits, we plan to withhold those benefits until the amount you were overpaid is recouped,” the VA said in a letter dated June 9, 2013, according to WNYT.

The letter had a toll-free number, which Teson’s daughter Tami called. No one at the VA could tell her how and why the overpayment happened. She said her father never realized he was getting more than he should have, WNYT reported.

How many people would consider it acceptable to cut off owed income by 98 percent? If the man was depending on that income, then reducing it by that much would obviously be devastating. Since they obviously didn’t overpay him by that much in one paycheck then why are they pulling so much out of each paycheck? One would think they should limit the monthly deductions to the amount they originally added each month.

Once again, you have to ask: Why would anyone think society is improved when such incompetent and uncaring organizations are put in charge of healthcare? Do people who would do this to an 89 year old veteran give us reason to entrust more responsibilities to them for caring for others?