Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is re-examining files to determine how many veterans received erroneous letters saying they have Lou Gehrig's disease.
VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts says all veterans who received letters by mistake will receive personal apologies, an explanation and reassurances that the letters do not confirm diagnoses of the fatal neurological disease.
The agency also encouraged veterans to call its toll-free hot line at 1-800-827-1000.
Roberts says 1,864 letters were mailed to veterans and survivors last week informing them they may be eligible for benefits.
Less than a dozen veterans who received the letters in error have contacted the VA.
A veterans group estimates at least 1,200 veterans received the letters by mistake.
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