Boy howdy am I ever glad to see this headline. To think any of you triplegic Vets out there would stoop so low as to try collecting that extra $142 a month for shacking up with who later turns out to have been your wife all along is revolting. What’s the matter? SMC-P wasn’t good enough for you? Forcing VA sherlocks to come and catch you out for $4,825.00 should be the embarrassment of a lifetime- unless it was in error or harmless error-or- gasp-VA’s error dispensing it in the first place.
Pity poor Senior Airman Brian Kolfage jr. Unexpectedly clobbered by a 107 mike mike on September 11, 2004, he lost a few fingers and toes. That didn’t stop him. When he recovered he was prepared to serve again. Unfortunately the body was not so willing. His buddies were calling him Tin Man after the guy on The Wizard of Oz. He’s been medically retired and milking the VA tit for a pretty good nickel since then. Yep. Probably socking away at least $45- $50 K tax-free for the rest of his life. Another VA Welfare queen in drag. The VA poohbahs were watching all that dinero flowing to his bank account and figured he must be flogging the dog. Just as they did with old Keith Roberts, the Debt Management Center came down on him like a cheap new polyester suit. Busted, dude.
Seems they were paying him for being married but he wasn’t. But then, well, yes he was. You know how famous these VA gomers are for losing stuff, shredding it or misfiling it in another Vet’s c-file. So now the ball is back in the DMC’s court. They say they’re gonna dink him a buck five a month until they get it all back- but then go away.
The VA can hang you out to dry like they did me for twenty years and change and never blink an eye when they finally settle up. No mea culpas. No “Thank your for your service and we apologize for screwing up in 1994.” Nor, apparently, is the VA yet prepared to say “Mr. Koulfage, we discovered an anomaly in your paycheck. It seems we overpaid you $142.00 a month for three years. Seeing’s as it’s our fault and you lost three limbs in the war, we’ll give you a bye on it. Besides, you’re married now so it’s really a push. Your compensation amount won’t change. America owes you more than they can ever repay you. We wish we could do more for you but we sure aren’t going to be assholes about it.”
No sirreee, Brian. You cheated by not calling and telling them they were paying you too much and now it’s gonna cost you. America doesn’t reward cheaters.