Nightly News | February 02, 2012
>>> when a newspaper once mistakenly printed mark twain 's obituary, he gave us that great report, "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." retired u.s. army sergeant jerry miller can relate to that. he's been declared dead four times. nbc 's mark potter has the story of his quest to convince the department of veterans affairs that he's very much alive.
>> reporter: even though the department of veterans affairs consider jerry mill ear dead man, he's clearly a dead man walking , talking and complaining about how he's been treated.
>> i'm not dead, no. i'm sitting right here. i know i'm not dead.
>> reporter: for ten years miller served in the u.s. army . he was a staff sergeant and drill instructor and deployed overseas. 57 and retired in palm bay , florida, he depends on his military pension and medical benefits. that's why the three v.a. letters he got started in 2010 mourning his death and cutting off his benefits were so shocking. they said you were dead. you got them fixed.
>> reporter: then what happened?
>> i got another letter saying i was deceased.
>> reporter: a fourth letter again cut off his benefits and demanded his estate pay back more than $94,000 the v.a. said it shouldn't have paid a dead man. do you have $94,000?
>> no. i don't have $94,000.
>> reporter: with a fragile medical condition and lots of pills to take, miller and his wife agnes worry about his health and all the other bills.
>> our mortgage, the light bill, the water bill, fg.
>> reporter: after an inquiry of nbc news, v.a. officials say they suspect a records error and promise miller on the phone soon he would get his benefits back and they are starting a new system to prevent this from happening to other vets. as jerry miller seems now to be officially be back among the living. mark potter , nbc news, palm bay , florida.