- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs notified the wife of a former Marine that he had died, but Mark Ellis Jr. is very much alive.

“I don’t exist. … I go to work every day and try to earn a paycheck, and for what, I don’t know. But I’m hoping to get back on track with the government,” Mr. Ellis told WJBK, the Fox TV affiliate in Dearborn, Michigan.

According to WJBK, the VA notified Mr. Ellis’ wife that he was deceased in November and his disability benefits would be suspended. But Mr. Ellis said he had been to the VA the day before and was relatively healthy.

“I was just confused,” he said.

A former mechanic in the Marine Corps, Mr. Ellis was honorably discharged in 2011 and has been receiving disability and other benefits from the VA because he became disabled during his service, according to WJBK.

The veteran is a truck driver but depends on VA money to pay his rent.

He told WJBK that he tried to sort out the issue with the government after discovering the Treasury Department also listed him as deceased and his bank account was closed.

“All the money was sent back to the VA,” Mr. Ellis said. “I went to Social Security and informed them that I was alive, and she was very surprised.”

WJBK is attempting to make calls for Mr. Ellis to get him the help he needs. There is also a GoFundMe page created to help Mr. Ellis and his wife with rent. CLICK HERE to donate.

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