B-80840, JUL. 28, 1955

B-80840: Jul 28, 1955

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000 CHECK WHICH YOU STATE YOU BELIEVE WAS ISSUED TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER. SAID TO HAVE BEEN DELIVERED THE DAY OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S DEATH. WAS RETURNED TO THE SENDER. THAT THE CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY LETTER DATED SEPTEMBER 3. PATSY SLUSHER OR ANY INFORMATION THAT A CHECK IN THAT AMOUNT WAS ISSUED TO HER. FOR THE REASONS ALREADY STATED AT LENGTH IN THE PREVIOUS LETTERS TO YOU AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE WRITTEN IN YOUR BEHALF. THERE IS NO PROPER BASIS FOR THE ALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM. THE ENCLOSURES WHICH ACCOMPANIED YOUR LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-80840, JUL. 28, 1955

TO MR. CLINT SLUSHER:

THERE HAS BEEN REFERRED TO OUR OFFICE FOR CONSIDERATION YOUR LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT ON JULY 13, 1955, IN FURTHER REFERENCE TO YOUR CLAIM FOR THE PROCEEDS OF A $1,000 CHECK WHICH YOU STATE YOU BELIEVE WAS ISSUED TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER, PATSY SLUSHER, ON ACCOUNT OF SERVICES OF HER SONS AS VOLUNTEERS IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE CIVIL WAR. YOU ALLEGE THAT THE CHECK, SAID TO HAVE BEEN DELIVERED THE DAY OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S DEATH, WAS RETURNED TO THE SENDER.

THE RECORDS SHOW THAT YOU FIRST FILED A CLAIM IN THE MATTER ON MAY 19, 1948, AND THAT THE CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY LETTER DATED SEPTEMBER 3, 1948. THEREAFTER, IN RESPONSE TO FURTHER INQUIRIES FROM YOU, THE OFFICE BY LETTERS DATED APRIL 13, 1949, JULY 19, 1949, MARCH 21, 1950 AND JUNE 14, 1954, UPHELD THE DISALLOWANCE OF THE CLAIM ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS AND OF THE BARRING PROVISIONS OF THE APPLICABLE STATUTES. OFFICE LETTERS OF APRIL 13, 1949, TO YOU, AND NOVEMBER 30, 1948, TO FORMER CONGRESSMAN EDWARD O. MCCOWEN, A COPY OF WHICH LETTER THE CONGRESSMAN APPARENTLY SENT YOU, SET FORTH THE PERTINENT STATUTES. IN ADDITION TO THE LETTER OF NOVEMBER 30, 1948, TO FORMER CONGRESSMAN MCCOWEN, THIS OFFICE ON AUGUST 26, 1952, AND MARCH 20, 1953, ADDRESSED LETTERS TO CONGRESSMAN JAMES G. POLK AND FORMER SENATOR ROBERT A. TAFT, RESPECTIVELY, FULLY ADVISING THEM AS TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE BASIS FOR THE DISALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM.

FURTHERMORE, A SEARCH OF THE CIVIL WAR RECORDS ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE FAILS TO REVEAL ANY RECORD OF A CLAIM FOR $1,000 IN FAVOR OF MRS. PATSY SLUSHER OR ANY INFORMATION THAT A CHECK IN THAT AMOUNT WAS ISSUED TO HER. ACCORDINGLY, FOR THE REASONS ALREADY STATED AT LENGTH IN THE PREVIOUS LETTERS TO YOU AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE WRITTEN IN YOUR BEHALF, THERE IS NO PROPER BASIS FOR THE ALLOWANCE OF YOUR CLAIM. ALSO, YOUR PRESENT LETTER PRESENTS NOTHING NEW IN THE MATTER WHICH WOULD WARRANT FURTHER ACTION BY THIS OFFICE.

THE ENCLOSURES WHICH ACCOMPANIED YOUR LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.