The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finally has seen the light and reinstituted the full benefits owed to Cuyahoga Falls resident Jim Pewton.
A column in Sunday’s newspaper described Pewton’s red-tape nightmare with the agency, which had cut his benefits because it either lost or ignored paperwork that confirmed his daughter is enrolled at Kent State University.
Not only had his monthly benefits been unjustly reduced, but the VA had informed Pewton that it would recoup an alleged overpayment of $3,090 by withholding his checks for November, December and January — a shortfall, he said, that would plunge his family into financial ruin.
On Sunday and Monday, three readers left messages with the Akron Beacon Journal offering to write Pewton a check for $3,090 in appreciation for his service in Vietnam.
“That brings tears to my eyes,” he said Monday. “That is absolutely amazing. I truly, truly appreciate it. But I think it’s squared away.”
— Bob Dyer