HOUSTON, Texas (AP) – A Houston-area veteran who as a Marine served two tours in Iraq has been trying to convince the Veterans Affairs Department that he’s not dead.

Houston TV station KPRC reported Tuesday that Joe Morris, for seven years, received a service-related disability check – but this spring there was an apparent computer glitch. Morris says his parents received a condolence letter and he wrongly was classified as deceased as of April 1.

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Morris says that’s strange since he spoke to government officials on April 14 to set up direct deposit after his disability check seemed to have gotten lost.

Morris is getting his government checks again but says he doesn’t want anyone else to have the same problems.

A VA benefits representative says officials are looking into the matter.

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