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Alive and well but Pasco veteran declared dead by government

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92-year-old Frances Evans finds humor in the fact that the government considers her dead. 92-year-old Frances Evans finds humor in the fact that the government considers her dead.
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL (WFLA) -

When 92-year-old Frances Evans got a letter in the mail about her death, she laughed.

“What's funny is they're sending the letter to me, telling me they're sorry I'm deceased. Isn't that funny,” laughed Evans.

But her son Tim Evans didn't find the humor in the situation.

“I saw a letter from the VA and it said that any benefits that had been paid for her were going to have to be reimbursed and that'd shed been deceased June 30, 2014. I thought it was a scam. I thought no, no way,” said Tim.

But after calling the Veterans Affairs, Social Security and Medicare and not getting any resolution, Tim was frustrated.

“It's rather disgusting when I think about what she did for this country,” said Tim.

His mother served in World War II as an Army nurse.

“I served in England and France,” said Evans.

“The time we were the busiest was on D-Day.”

It's not clear how Evans was mistakenly declared dead.

The Social Security Administration reveals this happens to 750 new living Americans each month and could be caused by fraud or a glitch.

Now Evans is letting her son take care of her and hoping he can resolve the problem, although Tim is worried.

“Whether it's real or imaginary what you end up feeling like is nobody cares. You feel like nobody cares about her,” said Tim.

8 On Your Side reached out to Congressman Gus Bilirakis' office after hearing about Frances Evans' story. His office is already working to bring Evans back to life in the eyes of the government.

Congressman David Jolly also handled a similar situation with a 77-year-old veteran in St. Petersburg in May.

It took Jolly's office two months to resolve that issue.

8 On Your Side will continue to follow Evans' story and make sure she gets her benefits restored.

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