VA Lists Vets 'Alive' Son as "Deceased" & Denies Assistance

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

As Vincent Legieza flips through his son's medical records, he can't help but wonder what went wrong.

"I hate to say it but i feel Like a person said, I'm tired of fooling with this we'll just call him deceased and maybe we won't hear nothing else about it," said Legieza.

It all started four years ago. When Legieza found out the military was offering assistance to Vietnam Veterans exposed to 'agent orange,' if their children developed spina bifida.

"We've been trying for four years since January of 09," added Legieza.

The first claim was denied due to lack of medical proof.
Legieza re-applied last year in February, this time with more medical information.
But when his son went to check on its status Thursday, he got some news he didn't quite understand.

"My son was told when he went to the VA office in Ozark that he's deceased," explained Legieza.

And the case was closed.
His son was told to write a letter stating he was still alive and that the case needed to be revisited.
The letter was sent to Denver, Colorado.

"Denver, Colorado is the only regional VA clinic that handles spina bifida no other will," said Legieza.

Keith Legieza, Vincent's son, says he wants answers.

"I was really depressed about that, I felt the system has let me down," explained Keith.

News 4 did speak with someone at the VA's office in Ozark.
He referred us to their public information officer in Montgomery,
Our calls haven't been returned yet.

The Legieza's still don't have any answers, as to what happened, but they hope the case will soon be corrected and approved.


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