Most Severely Wounded Airman In US history Told To Repay Thousands Of Dollars To VA

Senior Airman Brian Kolfage JR., The most severely wounded Airman in US history, a man who lost three limbs, was recently contacted by the Veterans Administration Debt Management Center stating the he would be back charged $4,825 for over payment. Now, if being a triple amputee for Uncle Sam wasn’t bad enough, now debt collectors are being sent after a decorated combat veteran.

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Brian sustained his life changing injuries on Sept. 11 2004 when a 107 mm rocket exploded 3 feet from Airman Kolfage while on his second deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Brian survived and carried on after he spent the 11 months at Walter Reed Medical Center he returned to the Air Force at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. He is no longer active duty and receives monthly VA benefits.

Senior Airman Kolfage received notification on Sept. 12 2013 that file was being pulled and investigated by the VA for over payment by the VA. After an investigation, Brian found that the VA had over paid him for several years. Airman Kolfage must now repay the debt of $4,825 in monthly payments of $105 from his benefits until his debt is paid off. The VA claims the records state since he was not married at the time, he was not entitled to the full amount of benefits he had been receiving. Since Brian is married now, he provided legal documents to the VA , from there Brian was told an error has been made and the problem would be rectified and no debt would exist.

On Oct. 29th 2013, Kolfage received a letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Debt Management Center, and Operations Division Chief stating that his indebtedness balance of $4,825 has been reduced by $105 through the reduction of his monthly benefits. After several attempts in contacting the VA, Airman Kolfage has yet to hear back from anyone.
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Three limbs, an arm and both his legs apparently aren’t enough to give, they want blood… money. The less than 5 grand is petty money to be harassing a wounded combat veteran. The government seems to forget he was wounded because of their political agenda, if the government doesn’t want to pay for veterans, MAYBE THEY SHOULDN’T CREATE THEM. Maybe they want their money because Brian Kolfage is the most outspoken, highly decorated and most severely wounded Airman in US history? No need to make his life any harder by this ordeal by running his pockets.

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46 Comments on "Most Severely Wounded Airman In US history Told To Repay Thousands Of Dollars To VA"

  1. A real president would write a check from his personal account and be done with it.

  2. John A Warren | 11/07/2014 at 9:19 AM |

    I doubt the person in this photo is a Senior Airman. A Senior Airman would know how to wear his awards. That is not the correct way to wear them. IF it is the “right” guy, he needs to unscrew his salad.

  3. Rebecca Sipe | 11/07/2014 at 5:22 AM |

    That’s a wonderful idea! Furthermore, he should run as the “Independent, most severely wounded Airman in US history”. THAT would kick some grinding teeth in the WH, and make some Americans awfully proud of his political head butting.

    Tags: Senior Airman Brian Kolfage JR #BrianKolfage

  4. Brad Canelo | 11/04/2014 at 1:02 PM |

    AMEN, couldn’t have said IT better myself!!!

  5. Fig Newton | 11/04/2014 at 7:03 AM |

    How and why Obama is allowed to remain as president is beyond any rational thinking. Obama is the one who should be without limbs, suffering.

  6. Fig Newton | 11/04/2014 at 7:02 AM |

    Obama is a total disgrace. God give Kolfage all the strength he needs to fight Obama.

  7. REDWHITEANDBLUE48 | 11/03/2014 at 11:33 PM |

    this is our GOVT hard at saving a dollar here (at expense of military) so they can give it to the Welfare leeches(which means more votes).. Remember the case 4 years ago about the Lieutenant who received a bill for his body armor? The medics cut it off of him when he was hit with a IED. Sapi plates were cracked(which is what they are supposed to do). blood on material etc etc. The man was in combat zone(which OUR GOVT SENT HIM TO) and they have the GAUL to charge him for Body armour that was rendered useless because of a exposition? . I owuld have told them to take the 2400 dollars and stilck it where the sun dont shine.

  8. Melinda Back Greaves Cronk | 11/03/2014 at 8:03 PM |

    Yes, this is the sane ariman. While I hold his similar beliefs, you will find, if you dig further, he claimed to be married when he was receiving these benefits. The VA found out and he now owes them because he was not married at the time. He lied.

  9. Patrick Regan | 11/03/2014 at 7:41 PM |

    I am a 100% disabled vet. When I was divorced, the VA didn’t process my divorce, which would have reduced my payments, but for 15 months, they kept paying me at the married rate, to which I wasn’t entitled. I did not spend the money, and when they asked for it back, because I knew it wasn’t mine, and that thy would ask sooner or later, I sent it all back when they requested it. So, I see nothing wrong with what the VA is requesting. They have payment tables, and if you don’t think it’s enough, then petition Congress to fund an increase, but until then, you can’t keep money that isn’t yours, but that’s something our “TAKER” society isn’t ready to deal with yet. I don’t hear anyone saying how the VA is trying to make it easy on the Airman by taking a small deduction from his $3,400 monthly payment, which, when added to Social Security Disability, could mean he is making $60,000 per year TAX FREE, so let’s all please keep things in perspective. Would the Airman have had a $100,000 per year job after his service if he hadn’t been injured? When we sign up, it’s a “blank check” for everything up to and including our lives, it’s not for a check for life like tose crooks in Congress who only risk their cushy jobs in the next election!

  10. Well now Solange….The VA thugg that FOUND the mistake probably received a $4,825 BONUS… a trip to Hawaii and the White House…

  11. Patty Cita | 11/03/2014 at 3:13 PM |

    Hey Brian, Run for president….THAT will get their attention!

  12. Shannon Soto | 11/03/2014 at 3:07 PM |

    Amen,all these leeches on welfare,liars claiming disabled getting social security for being alcholics never paying a dime in taking from those who worked their whole life an some including me childhood i was 11 when i started working,now im permanetly disabled an told by social security i have to many assessts to qualify,what the fuck,because i worked im being punished,but illegals an low lifes getting money when they never paid in shit

  13. Paul Cote | 11/03/2014 at 2:27 PM |

    Lets create a fund for him,everyone send a buck (only if you can comfortably afford it) and stand up for our vet.

  14. forgetyoutooo | 11/03/2014 at 1:29 PM |

    Obama hates America, white Americans, middle class Americans almost as much as he hates Christians and the United States Armed Forces he uses for photo ops.

  15. nanaintx | 11/03/2014 at 12:50 PM |

    Sharon, you hit the nail on the head. They don’t see all the money they TOOK from us taxpayers. They think they deserve it. Well, this veteran deserves the money and more.
    Please, if anyone can supply an address where donations can be sent, please post it. Let’s help this hero pay off this so called debt. It’s the least we can do for the sacrifice he made for us.

  16. Jack Raby | 11/03/2014 at 11:55 AM |

    Oh my……they are out to get blood. Something in this story is yet to unfold. The whole truth most likely won’t be known until Obama is out of the White House

  17. Matthew Evans | 11/03/2014 at 11:49 AM |

    He’s not the only one this happens to. Unfortunately writing letters to the Commie in Chief probably doesn’t help anything…

  18. Guess Washington got to got to thinking, “we can take this money from and give it to some one who refuses to work”.

  19. True

  20. If this doesn’t make you proud of The leadership we now have nothing will.

  21. Semper Fi Mac.

  22. motherall | 11/03/2014 at 9:58 AM |

    Funny how they managed to audit his benefits but can’t produce their own records and don’t audit themselves n or does Congress. If it looks like snake, acts like a snake and smells like garbage, it is the VA

  23. Just don’t send it to the VA in the guy’s name. They’d keep it!

  24. Petty does not EVEN begin to describe Obama! I’ve never seen such an incompetent corrupt president in my entire life and I’m being nice about it!

  25. How proud we must be of our government who overpaid this man (THEIR INCOMPETENCE) by less than $5K and now they are insisting it be paid back??? Our government wastes billions of dollars per year, like “conferences” where the higher ups drink wine in hot tubs at our expense, yet the US government can’t write off less than $5K for the most wounded soldier in US history???? REALLY????? smh

  26. motherall | 11/03/2014 at 9:54 AM |

    Seems to me if the VA can’t figure out the proper payment and Brian didn’t misrepresent anything, then it’s on the VA. They waste enough to cover this paltry amount without being scrooges on top of goofys.

  27. Sharon Hargrave | 11/03/2014 at 9:52 AM |

    I want the money back…several millions of dollars….. we had to spend for the worst lady to go on vacations. That should cover a lot of wounded vets care who deserve it.

  28. John Volk | 11/03/2014 at 9:32 AM |

    I believe he can apply for a debt forgiveness if the overpayment was not due to fraud on his part. He should contact his congressman in this matter.

  29. It is probably an automatic thing. Surely no one is as despicable as this would indicate.
    Must be some sort of innocent mistake.

  30. Pat Warden | 11/03/2014 at 8:47 AM |

    Hey, SOMEBODY has to sacrifice to buy health insurance for all the deadbeat Obama voters so they get it free. Democrats ALWAYS screw vets and active duty military to buy the votes of welfare leeches and illegal aliens!

  31. Jennifer Crawford | 11/03/2014 at 8:11 AM |

    This is outrageous. Perhaps they should start asking the leeches in the Food Stamp program to pay back what they’ve stolen from taxpayers and leave this hero alone.

  32. Hopefulforthefuture | 11/03/2014 at 7:15 AM |

    And those bastards waste more money than this every hour, possibly every minute. This is a disgrace, but typical of the oshithead administration.

  33. Mom of Army daughter | 11/03/2014 at 7:10 AM |

    That’s exactly why they are doing it. He’s been very outspoken about the corruption in this administration and they don’t like to be called out on their actions.

  34. Phil Wells | 11/03/2014 at 7:06 AM |

    Obama petty revenge at work here…..where are the wealthy americans to step up and fight this BS….not pay the debt but fight the VA…….perfect example of government incompetance

  35. cathy m | 11/03/2014 at 6:48 AM |

    government has no problem supplying unlimited tax dollars to the illegals to make their lives more comfortable.

  36. paulmary | 11/03/2014 at 6:18 AM |

    I bet he disliked obozo and is being punished.

  37. Solange | 11/03/2014 at 5:42 AM |

    The person who made the mistake at the VA needs to have the money removed from their pay, not his! Seems no matter how incompetent government workers are they just get away with it. We all need to contact our elected officials and raise some hell about this. What more do they want fro this guy? He gave 3 of his 4 limbs! Isn’t that enough? I plan to contact my officials, but being from IL they all have their heads up Obama’s ass.

  38. Our government makes these mistakes all the time with active, reserve, and veteran pay. The thing is these errors occur and then months or years go by and they come after the money. But no one is held responsable for making the mistake in the first place so the only one paying for someone elses mistake is the service member. I think the one who should pay back the money is the person who made the error.

  39. Big Rog | 11/03/2014 at 4:09 AM |

    Yep, same guy. He is VERY outspoken. It’s no wonder the gov’t is messing with him.

  40. Daniel Rayl | 11/03/2014 at 3:19 AM |

    Is there some where to donate to help its the least I could do for his work in keeping my kids safe!

  41. goldwingman1500 . | 11/03/2014 at 1:45 AM |

    They use your Body when your Back is Strong and Through you on the Scrap Heap of Wounded Bodys when you cannot Fight any More .He should want for Nothing

    i will pay Back the Money if you Give me all My Limbs Back Like they where before i Joined the Air Force ? Fair Deal

  42. The ‘Open Letter to the President’ was written by SRA Brian Kolfage, the one and the same this article is about.

  43. breed41 | 11/03/2014 at 1:34 AM |

    they need that money to buy starbucks coffee

  44. ncgritsgirl | 11/03/2014 at 1:14 AM |

    Our shameful corrupt government agencies should all be dismantled and the very few agencies that should stay in business need to be staffed by veterans!

  45. Dean A. | 06/10/2014 at 9:24 PM |

    I am wondering if this is the same airman who published an open letter to obama? obama is petty enough to lash out like this and it is a two-fer as the VA has has such bad news lately (remember the scandal before the current one?) I hope this poor man doesn’t get audited next by the IRS.

  46. Robert weirich | 06/10/2014 at 4:11 AM |

    As a veteran I have no problems fighting or dying for a country I loved but when my brothers are dying in a waiting room trying to be seen by a doctor this shit makes me sick this government only gives a shit about us if we owe them or can offer them money semper fi

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