There was a health care SNAFU at the Veterans Administration early this month.
A computer coding error by the Veterans Administration led to more than 1,800 Gulf War veterans being sent letters informing them that they had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurological disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Can you imagine opening up your mail and being told that as a veteran with ALS, they were entitled to disability compensation of up to $2,700 a month with additional money for their children and spouses.
Most would have been left scratching their head and wondering how in the world they suddenly had Lou Gehrig’s disease and why the heck no one had told them before.
According to a VA spokesperson, the letter no way inferred a medical diagnosis of ALS. The VA has since offered their apologies for any distress receiving this letter might of caused any recipient.