Wednesday, December 1, 2010

U.S Veteran Fights To Prove He Is Alive To VA

Caswell County, NC -- An Army veteran is trying to prove he's alive so he can receive needed disability benefits.

Floyd Holmes, Jr. is sick, but alive. His wife, Marie, said after Holmes' son died several months ago, the Social Security Administration thought Floyd Holmes died. She said the couple straightened that out, but ever since, Floyd Holmes has not received his disability check from Veteran's Affairs.

"I'm about to have a nervous breakdown. I'm going to tell you the truth, I can't even think straight anymore. I get to walking around and doing circles, because I don't know what to do," Marie Holmes said.

Colon cancer started his health problems.

"It cost him his large intestines, then they got the infections, cost him his kidneys, which cost him his breathing," she said.

"I want those benefits back before we lose our home, before we freeze death," she said.

Floyd Holmes received treatment at a VA hospital as recently as the last couple of weeks, she said.

"They can't think he's dead, that's for darn sure or they're working on a dead man," she said.

Marie Holmes and an employee from the Durham VA Medical Center said they have not been able to get in touch with the proper people at Veterans Affairs regional office in Winston-Salem.

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