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I've been fortunate enough in my short life to never have had to deal with food stamps. However, I think one of my Marines is abusing the system but I'm not 100% positive, so I don't know if I should report it or not. The story in a nutshell; This guy deployed to Iraq (as a reservist) and hurt his shoulder. If it was hurt prior to or not is up for debate. He returns to California where he states he has no medical issues and returns back to our command. Gets back here and takes all his leave and hangs out for the remainder of his orders and then towards the end he says he hurt his shoulder yada yada and so we end up taking care of him. He has been sitting at home, since July 2009 collecting an average of $4400 a monther AFTER taxes. Doing nothing more than going to the doctors (which he gets reimbursed mileage as well) and submitting an affidavit stating he made no money from his current employer. If he is working under the table for someone else is also out for debate.

Well a couple months ago I got an email and it's been eating at me since. Here are some excerpts of the email trail, with names replaced for confidentiality:

him said:
I spoke to xxxxxxxx at Headquarters, at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at Arlington, Virginia (xxx) xxx-xxxx she put in some information about the Impact a Hero, Unmet needs and the Semper Fi Fund. Well its been a week and I filled out all the paper work now its just a time to wait. I went to the county and got food stamps but that does not pay the house payment. Now xxxx and myself have two of the grandkids living here thanks to her son. The VFW has helped out by paying the power bill this month and the water bill. So I donated my desert digitals to the hall for doing that for us.
Curious as to how he could rate food stamps making $4400+ when he has no legal dependents other than his wife, I raised the question:

me said:
Good find on the food stamps. If you don't mind me asking how did you come about getting approved for this? I'd like to pass on to some junior Marines who are in need. Sgt xxxxxx was denied assistance through WIC when he picked up Sgt because he made too much.
Keep in mind, this Marine who was denied WIC makes considerably less than him and his wife only works part time at the mall raking in about $500-600 a month which does not close the gap between what the Sgt makes and what this other guy makes.

him said:
The food stamps was a pain but xxxxx went in with bank statements and bills that were out standing. We had to sign a statement saying we were not getting paid and show a hard ship cause which was not hard. No payday no money just bills. Also Have Sgt xxxxxx wife do it, for some reason when they see two persons going in they like to see it different then one. As a Sgt in the State of Georgia with no other income he should rate WIC. Tell Beiser to go about as if they have never done it before and only his wife go and use her mad in name, with out her income.
So yea, I don't know for a 100% fact that this guy is indeed scamming the system, however, since receiving this email a while back, it's just been eating away at me. I'm not really sure what I should do.
 

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Sounds to me like the guy is a dirtbag. Do you think he faked the shoulder injury to go home from deployment? If there is any evidence of that he could be tried under UCMJ. I am sure there is probably a way for him to get foodstamps. The system in Georgia is so messed up and overwhelmed with requests for foodstamps that just about anyone could BS their way into getting them. I would talk to your/his commander or 1st SGT about it.
 

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He is a dirtbag, however, he didn't come home early. He stayed the full deployment. We're still on 7 month rotations so it's not like its a huge inconvenience to deploy or anything. I do give the Army props for these crazy 15 month deployments!! 1stSgt knows, but he doesn't really have anything to go on to pursue the matter either. To top it all off, he's initiated two congrants against us claiming we aren't taking care of him. When I produced the montery value he has been receiving it pretty much became a dead issue in respect to the congrants.
 

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We see this all too often. How does a guy getting more than $50,000 a year, after taxes, ever qualify for food stamps? No medical bills either. He lies about his income, pure and simple. Might be worth a call to the office he applied through. His commander needs to know too.
 

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Might be worth a call to the IRS too. Wouldn't he have to report the food stamp income? IDK
 
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