Official-looking Bergen County letter on veterans ‘handouts’ is fake, officials warn


A letter calling out veterans for relying too much on “government handouts” sent to veterans by the director of the Bergen County Division of Veterans Services is a fake, county officials say.

VFWs and American Legions were among the organizations that received the letter, dated March 13, on Division of Veterans Services letterhead, County Administrator Thomas Duch posted on social media.

The official-looking letter “is an absolute fraud” and an investigation by the county has been initiated to find the source, Duch said.

The fake letter sent to veterans in Bergen County.

County officials said they want to “locate and punish the perpetrator.”

The letter was released to The Record and by the county after it was stamped with the words “fraud” and “scam.”

It was made to look official by using an official Bergen County letterhead and the name of Army veteran and county Veterans Division Director Shaun Hutchinson.