Marine veteran listed as dead restored to 'alive' in VA system

A local veteran who's been trying to prove to the federal government  he's alive got good news.

Mark Ellis, Jr. has been restored in the Veterans Affairs system and he's also getting all of his money back.    

His wife had recently received a letter from Veterans Affairs labeling him as deceased and suspending his benefits.

FOX 2's Amy Lange got involved telling Ellis' story and tonight, it's problem solved.

Ellis has been informed that he will get all his benefits within the next 10 days.

The U.S. Department of Treasury closed his bank account and listed his wife as a widow on the bank account.

The former F-18 mechanic with the U.S. Marine Corps was honorably discharged in 2011. He is 60% disabled from his service, so he gets disability benefits as well as GI benefits from the VA.

He works as a truck driver now, but that VA money paid his rent, and now it's gone. For a short time it was reinstated after he notified the VA that he's alive. That lasted a short time, before he found out he was listed as deceased again.

The Dearborn veteran had been trying to buy a house but was unsuccessful - due to him being listed as dead leaving him with a zero credit score.

"I didn't expect to wake up and to think I was dead," Ellis previously said. "It's a running joke in the office that, 'dead man walking' so I don't know what to do."
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