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There was a news report about an Army veteran named John Crabtree. He had been wounded in Vietnam and was now receiving disability benefits from the government. One day, out of the blue, he received an official notification from the government that he was deceased. Needless to say this was quite a shock to him.

Mr. Crabtree wrote the government a letter stating that he was indeed very much alive and would like to continue receiving his benefits. The letter did no good. He then tried calling the government. (Have you ever tried to call the government? This requires the patience of Job and persistence of Noah!) The phone call didn’t change the situation either. Finally as a last resort the veteran contacted a local television station which ran a human interest story about his plight.

During the interview the reporter asked him, “What do you feel about this whole ordeal? The veteran chuckled and said, Well I feel a little frustrated by it. After all, have you ever tried to prove that you’re alive?

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