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Disabled Veteran struggles to prove he's not dead

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First, James Hanna's regional VA office declared him dead and cut his benefits, without a single shred of evidence he was actually dead.

Then that information was sent to social security, which demanded his wife repay benefits she shouldn't have received because of the "death."

"It's more problems than i can deal with right now," Hanna said.

Hanna, a disabled veteran who served in the Persian Gulf war, called 8-on-your-side two weeks ago and we tracked down the error to the St. Petersburg VA office.

Officials there confirmed, but couldn't explain, the mistake.

They promised to fix the problem, and said they would send a letter to Hanna that he could show anyone else who questioned whether he's alive.

But that hasn't happened.

"I don't trust anyone anymore because they can say it's corrected, on paper or to your eye, but it's the computer that has to generate the payments," Hanna said.

And since government computers are tied together, the error keeps popping up in other government agencies.

The credit card company that holds Hanna's social security payments have snatched them back.

The missing money meant he's had to skip some household payments, and now creditors are calling.

Even the nation's credit bureaus now think he's dead, so he doesn't even qualify for a simple loan.

"I'm just here, but according to the government I'm not here. I'm just in limbo so to speak. I'm not a person, I guess," Hanna said.

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