O’Halleran Secures $74k in Owed Benefits for Military Widow

January 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that he had secured $74,136.05 in benefits for a military widow in Arizona’s First Congressional District who had been waiting on the VA to release her pay since June 11, 2019. Following official notice of dispersed benefits, O’Halleran released the following statement:

“Last June, the VA board ruled that Flagstaff resident and military widow Rueth Opittek was to be granted over $74,000 in benefits as a result of her husband’s service-related death. Rueth contacted my office in November, having heard nothing from the VA for months. We sent an official inquiry on her behalf, and she finally received her backpay on December 17, 2019.

“The resilient military spouses, parents, and children who support our servicemembers make enormous sacrifices so that our brave active duty men and women can continue their important work. They should not have to struggle with VA red tape to receive the benefits they are owed.

“I will continue to perform close oversight of the VA to ensure that an issue like this does not affect another grieving Arizona family.”

Information for those seeking casework assistance can be found on Rep. O’Halleran’s website, here.