Friday, December 3, 2010

U.S Veteran Dies After Winning Fight To Prove He Is Alive

Caswell County, NC -- A local veteran died Thursday morning, hours after getting his benefits reinstated by Veterans Affairs due to confusion that he was already dead.

Floyd Holmes' wife, Marie Holmes, called WFMY News 2 earlier this week when she felt like she hit the end of the road in the battle to get her husband's disability payments returned.

Marie said there was a confusion after Floyd Holmes' son died several months ago. The Social Security Administration though Floyd Holmes died. She said the couple straightened that out, but ever since, Floyd had not received his disability check from the VA.

Floyd's health problems started with colon cancer, which lead to the removal of his large intestines and then problems with his kidneys.

WFMY News 2's Justin Quesinberry reached out to the VA Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning, Marie said she received a call from a VA representative saying they were going to reinstate his check in the next five days.

"The first thing I thought, it's a crying shame that it took me this long to get through to somebody that had authority to do something," she said after she was told about the reinstatement.

Marie Holmes called WFMY News 2 Thursday afternoon and said her husband died Thursday morning. She said she was thankful for the WFMY team working to help reinstate her husband's benefits.

WFMY News 2 received the following statement Thursday afternoon from Kerry Meeker of Veteran's Affairs:

"The Department of Veterans Affairs is deeply saddened by the death of Veteran Floyd Ross Holmes, Jr., and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends. We will work closely with the Holmes' family to provide the benefits earned. As of Dec. 1, Mr. Holmes received all retroactive benefits payments due and his spouse will receive an additional benefit within 30 days," she said.

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