CREATED May. 31, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 3, 2013
ESTERO, Fla.- A Lee County veteran is fighting quite the battle with the state. The man said the state cut him off from un-employment checks after finding out he qualified for disability benefits.
Estero resident Clement Ross said it has been a really rough here. In January he lost his job, he suffers chronic pain and said now he's been cut off financially from the state.
After losing his job, Clement said he started getting $550 every two weeks in un-employment.
"Everything had been going consistently until I got the letter from the VA stating they approved me for disability and I would start receiving 255 dollars a month." Ross said.
He said this month, a check from the state never came.
"They said it is because I reported the VA benefits I'm now being investigated and my case is on hold. I really can't believe that I'm the first disabled veteran to file for unemployment." Ross said.
FOX4 took Clement's questions to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity that handles unemployment. Clement said his family's life savings are drying up quick.
"I've had to transfer money from savings in order to just cover basic expenses. We will find a way to survive but I don't see where this seems like an un-necessary act of penalizing me for being honest and forth-coming." Ross said.
Clement did contact the Department of Veteran's Affairs. A rep told him disability checks shouldn't interfere with un-employment but there was nothing they could do.