Jerry Miller has received four letters from the VA mourning his death and cutting off his benefits. NBC's Mark Potter reports.
PALM BAY, Fla. — Despite rumors to the contrary, Army veteran Jerry Miller is still very much alive.
"I'm alive. I’m very alive," Miller told WESH 2 News.
The U.S. Veterans Administration has declared him dead four times, but Miller, a Brevard County resident, has refuted the claims.
"To me, it’s stupid. I can’t die but one time. They have killed me four times," he said.
Miller, a former drill sergeant, served 10 years in the Army. He said he lives on a government pension and Social Security.
The confusion started in July 2010 when he received a letter addressed to his estate that expressed sympathy for his death and politely explained that, as a dead man, he was not eligible for the veterans benefits he was paid.
Miller said he informed the VA that he was still alive, and his benefits were restarted. But the letters kept coming, each one stopping his benefits.
"I'm alive, you see. This can’t keep going on and on," Miller said.
He said a letter came this month -- addressed to his estate -- requesting repayment of more than $94,000 in benefits he shouldn't have received, because he was dead, and that it included polite instructions how to make the payment.
Miller said he has no idea why he was declared dead.
A VA spokesman told WESH 2 News that the organization was looking into the case.
Miller said he asked his congressman to do the same, but so far, being alive has not been sufficient proof that he is not dead.