Heller: ‘There’s Money Owed to 25,000 Veterans Who Didn’t Qualify’ for Benefits

Continuing with its “Marine On Alert” story series, “Fox & Friends” today interviewed the Nevada Auditor’s Office about the Marine On Alert program and tax refunds due to retired and active duty service members who were never paid during the VA’s fiscal year of 2018.

The special report found Nevada taxpayers have paid more than $3.7 billion to programs like the MARSAD and the COPS To Work program, despite the states having not received a penny in funding.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) said the Nevada Auditor’s findings are similar to a federal audit last year that found there was money owed to 25,000 veterans who did not qualify for payments.

Heller said the federal government has put a lot of time and money into the MARSAD program.

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“They’re guaranteed to a raise at the end of every year, it’s automatic,” Heller said, adding that many of the calculations are “rotten.”

Marine Corp Sergeant Major Alex Mooney said there’s supposed to be a base raise of 2.9 percent per year in the pension benefit, and he’s already had to give back some of that, despite not receiving a raise during the fiscal year.

“I’m trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do, and it’s a lot, and I need help,” Mooney said.

“I’m a guy who’s been retired for a long time, and I need a break. I’m concerned because I’m going to be retired for the rest of my life.”

Watch the interview above.

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