Veterans department accidentally marks Santa dead - WKRN News 2

Veterans department accidentally marks Santa dead

SMYRNA, Tenn. -

A Middle Tennessee mall Santa will soon be receiving a $1,200 check for money he is owed from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Robert Bailey, 76, fought in the Vietnam War and served as a mail carrier for the USPS for 29 years.  He has been a mall Santa for the last 14 years, bringing joy to children all over Middle Tennessee.

In October, Bailey's wife of 32 years Bobbie Jean Bailey passed away and he called the VA to honestly report her death so they could eliminate the additional $50 he was receiving on his monthly checks.

However, someone there accidentally clicked the box marking Bailey himself dead and he stopped getting his $631 monthly check.

Bailey called Senator Bob Corker's office and even went to the Nashville office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with his wife's death certificate in but got nowhere. With overdue bills to pay and nowhere else to turn, Bailey contacted News 2's Andy Cordan.

News 2 called the VA's Nashville office.

A spokesperson there apologized for the delay and said Bailey should be getting the $1,200 he is owed by the end of the week.

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