Brother, Disabled Iraq Vet being told he owes $130k

New to reddit, not sure how this works, but I could use some guidance. My brother served in Iraq, disabled, collecting SSI and disability benefits for 8 years was just notified that he needs to repay $130k. Below is a summary of his history. Any suggestions on how to proceed? Thanks in advance.

  • June 15 2004 – got orders to report to Ft. Drum to mobilize for Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • November 2004 – deployed to Kuwait
  • January 2005 – convoyed into Iraq
  • April 2 2005 – 82mm mortar round exploded 30m in front of me, causing head trauma which resulted in a diagnosis of TBI.
  • October 2005 – traveled to Kuwait and flew home to US
  • Took leave and then went back to work
  • Had residual effects from injuries sustained while deployed in Iraq, sought medical treatment with the VA.
  • VA acknowledged and treated injuries
  • September 2008, discharged from National Guard by medical review board (still working as technician), and National Guard initiated termination paperwork thereafter.
  • State HR directed me to immediately seek Social Security benefits as a first step, and once I was denied paperwork could go forward so I could be retired through the Federal Employee Retirement System under special circumstances.
  • Accepted by FERS under special circumstances in November 2008.
  • Employment with National Guard terminated by employer on November 15, 2008 as a result of losing military membership.
  • Social Security granted May 2009
  • Was never contacted by FERS to announce a reduction in payments and had no way of knowing that an overage was being incurred.
  • FERS sent a letter in September 2016 asking for me to return a form stating my election in relation to your health insurance coverage.
  • In December 2016, I received a letter from FERS seeking to collect over $130k in overages.

  • Over 25 years of service

  • Served in Iraq, Germany, Korea

  • Recognized as 100% disabled, totally and permanently – no possibility of securing income from employment.


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