Laurel County Veteran Receives Letter Stating He's Dead

It's almost Halloween and like many, Gary Ehrgott is decorating for the holiday. His neighbors have jokingly told him that maybe he should make a grave for himself in his fake graveyard!

He is a veteran who lives in Corbin.

“I said to my wife, how does it feel to be married to a dead man? She said what?,” he told 27 NEWSFIRST.

Ehrgott then showed her a letter, addressed to him, but intended to be read by family because of his death!

“I want to say it was a goof up on (pharmaceutical company) Community CCRx, but somebody goofed someplace and it's really causing me a headache,” said Ehrgott.

Ehrgott thinks the pharmaceutical company was informed by Medicare that he died. But the mix up means he's not getting his medicine or his disability checks on time.

“We couldn't pay the water, telephone, cable, and if it wasn't for the neighbors, we wouldn't be eating,” he said.

Ehrgott is concerned about his social security benefits and fears the cause of the mess could be identity theft.

“My social security number was my military service number and it has my military records on it. Now if they have that, that wipes everything out,” he said.

He's says he's been told he will get his benefits check next month, but Ehrgott says no one from the government or the pharmaceutical company can explain how the mix up occurred


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  • by mary Location: johnson co on Oct 17, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    My dad got his medical papers from the VA and it said that he was POW and was given a purple heart!!! My dad says he never been missing and never been given a purple heart...So what does this tell everyone
  • by Ted Location: Whitesburg on Oct 17, 2008 at 11:03 AM
    To The Ehrgott Family, I am sorry to hear this. Just to goes to show you how well the US Government screens its employees. Next thing you know we will have to have a ID number put on the back of our nexks keep some dumby in Washington from hurting people that served our country. I have already sent a letter to Congresman Hal rogers office ask him to help you and your family. God Bless you and your family. Don't give up, also Go to your local Soica Security Office and ask for a new Social Security Number. take care God will help you. Ted
  • by A Location: L on Oct 16, 2008 at 06:28 PM
    This may seem minor to most people but its a fact that if your declared dead and it gets into government records its almost impossible to prove you are you when it comes to anything from gettin a loan to getting your social security checks. Due to identity theft this is more and more common and can literally ruin your life.

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