Veteran learns he’s been declared dead by the VA

A North Carolina veteran found he had been declared dead by accident after he noticed he stopped receiving his disability checks.

The Associated Press reports Charles Covell, 81, discovered he had been declared dead by the Veterans Affairs Department last month. A death certificate was filed for Covell in January.

Covell’s wife learned of the mistake when she realized his monthly disabilities payment was not deposited in their account.

A spokesperson from the VA says the mistake has since been corrected.

Covell served in the Army for 12 years.