Investigation sought into POW discrepancies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado and Jim Marshall of Georgia have asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate whether some veterans are falsely claiming to have been prisoners of war.

Coffman, a Republican, and Marshall, a Democrat, sent the request to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on Monday.

The Associated Press reported in April that the Department of Defense has identified a total of about 580 surviving POWs from the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War in 1991, but the VA is paying disability benefits to about 1,250 purported POWs.

Coffman is a Marine veteran of the first Gulf War who also served in Iraq. Marshall served in Vietnam with the Army.

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