Watervliet Fire Dept. raises $8,000 for local veteran

Updated: 05/29/2014 6:50 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 9:43 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

Watervliet firefighters were hoping to raise $3,000 for a local World War II veteran who had his benefits slashed.

Instead, they shattered that amount.

More than $4,000 was raised Thursday for Joseph Teson.

As NewsChannel 13 reported over the weekend, the Department Of Veterans Affairs said Teson was overpaid more than $3,000 - and they needed to withhold benefits to recoup the loss.

The Watervliet Fire Department will match the $4,000 raised for a total of $8,000.

Joseph Teson had his veteran benefits cut back to $6 a month because of overpayment.
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