‘I’m afraid they’re gonna take everything’: Marine veteran gets letter from VA saying he needs to pay back $100K
WTSP TAMPA BAY — They served and paid their dues, but now thousands of veterans are being told they still owe the country, having collected a large sum of debt. Thousands of low-income veterans receiving pension payments from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) are being hit with letters saying they were overpaid and need to pay back thousands and thousands of dollars. Some say it’s a stressful situation they didn’t realize they were wrapped up in. “What can be done is putting reforms in place to make sure this doesn’t happen from the beginning,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. The U.S. Army veteran has grilled the Social Security leadership over their own overpayment issues, documented in a recent “60 Minutes” report.